Emergency notification system installed in Columbia County

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DAYTON — Columbia County urges residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

The county will use CodeRED Emergency Notification System to call county residents in case of an emergency. The system relies on a database of phone numbers, into which people can directly input information.

Emergency Management Director Lisa Caldwell has asked all businesses, individuals with unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed numbers or addresses in the last year and those who use a cellphone or VoIP phone as their primary number to enroll.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” she said.

Residents can enroll by visiting the county website, columbiaco.com and clicking on the CodeRED icon at the bottom of the left hand menu on the homepage.

A street address is requested for all numbers, even cellphones, to allow the system to supply geographically relevant information to residents. Enrolled numbers will be used only for emergency notification purposes.

A test on Feb. 18 will call all numbers within the system’s database and encourage those who receive the message to spread the word to family, friends and neighbors.

Citizens with questions about CodeRED should call Columbia County Public Safety Communications at 509-382-2518.

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