Benton County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recently received grant funds from the District 4 Health Care Coalition to establish a public notification system.  CodeRED is a high-speed notification solution and Weather Warning service.
    “We are focusing on technology to reach individuals in an emergency and non-emergency setting,” said Benton County Homeland Security Director Jason Fisher.
    Once a resident registers with CodeRed they can tailor the system to deliver notifications in a variety of ways – by phone call, text, e-mail or via notifications on the CodeRed app.
    This no-charge system will allow message recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipient’s Caller ID will read OnSolve or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls.
    And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either OnSolve or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.     
     System access is also being offered to local units of government such as towns to be able to send alerts for events such as boil orders, utility outages, road closures, and other events that are important, however non emergency. Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered.
    If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto to the county website www.bentoncounty.in.gov, follow the link to the “CodeRED” logo to be directed to the site. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, 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.
    Those without Internet access may call 765-884-1359 to be entered by the DHS staff manually.