Delaware adds CodeRED high-speed notification system

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency recently contracted with Emergency Communications Network to licenses its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

CodeRED provides officials in the state with the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas in the state while enhancing DEMA's ability to issue Delaware Emergency Notification System (DENS) notifications quickly and accurately.

DENS will be used to provide messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community, including AMBER Alerts, hazardous traffic or road conditions and evacuation notices.

DENS warnings can be delivered geographically by CodeRED, which requires street addresses to ensure that the proper people receive emergency notification calls. The system also works with cell phones.

CodeRED was selected for DENS due to its ability to allow individuals and businesses to add their own telephone numbers directly into the database through DEMA's homepage.

"If your telephone number is not in the database your number will not be called," Delaware Emergency Management Agency Director Jaime Turner said. "No one should assume that their number is in the system, so everyone is encouraged to register online or by phone."

Data collected will not be sold, traded, leased or loaned to any third parties, Turner said, and will only be used for emergency notification purposes.