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April 22, 2014 > CodeRED Emergency Notification System

CodeRED Emergency Notification System

Submitted By Hayward Emergency Services Office

The City of Hayward Fire Department has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides public safety officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city.

Garrett Contreras, Fire Chief of the Hayward Fire Department, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. ÒIf your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.Ó One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the systemÕs database; this is an extremely important feature.

ÒNobody should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,Ó Contreras said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the City of Hayward (COH) website, www.hayward-ca.gov, and follow the link to the ÒCodeRED Community Notification EnrollmentÓ icon prominently displayed on the main page.

All businesses, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number are encouraged to register.

Registering is quick and easy requiring only first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary and cell phone numbers. Those without Internet access may call the disaster preparedness hotline at (510) 583-4948 and supply their information over the phone.

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