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November 18, 2009 > Fremont launches new community alert system

Fremont launches new community alert system

By Meenu Gupta

In emergencies such as fire or flood, hazardous material spills, barricaded criminal suspects or non-emergencies like missing people, road closures; make sure that you are well-informed and updated. The City of Fremont has recently introduced its new Community Alert System, CodeRED. "This is the first time the City of Fremont has contracted with Code Red. Before Code Red, we used a system called City Watch," said Communications Coordinator, City of Fremont, Cheryl Golden. The alert notification system CodeRED is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, who to contact and other important information.

Enrollment in this system is necessary because the City only has access to the 911 database, which consists of primary residential and business land-line telephone numbers. It is easy to sign up; registration is free, just go online to www. Fremont.gov and click Community Alert, and follow the links to enroll land-line telephone numbers, cell numbers, text, e-mail, or all of them. While it is a free city service, your wireless carrier may charge a fee to receive messages on your cell phone. "Emergency Communications Network and the City of Fremont will not share or distribute personal information contained in the CodeRED database unless required by law. The information will be used solely for purposes of community alerts and notifications," said Golden.

For those people who have caller ID, add (866) 419-5000 to their phone's address book to be sure to receive the City's time-sensitive and emergency alerts. If you have caller ID, the number (866) 419-5000 will be displayed. If you call back this number, after listening to the message, you will be able to repeat the last message delivered to your telephone number. "The community is encouraged to enroll additional information to receive notifications by email, SMS (text), and cell or work numbers," said Golden.

The City tested its new Community Alert System on November 17 by calling all phone numbers in the database. Those who work in Fremont or their children go to a school in Fremont, even if they reside outside the city, may register. For more information visit www.fremont.gov and click Community Alert.

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