Chief Patrick Keefe
32 North Main St.
Andover, MA 01810
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Town of Andover to Utilize CodeRED Emergency Notification System
High-Speed System Enables Delivery of Urgent Messages During Emergencies
ANDOVER — As the Town of Andover’s Emergency Management Director, Police Chief Patrick Keefe is pleased to announce that the Town has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution in the event of an emergency in Andover.
The CodeRED system provides Andover officials with the ability to quickly and seamlessly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire town when necessary, via phone, text message, and/or email.
Chief Keefe cautioned that such systems will only be used in an emergency and that the system is only as good as the telephone numbers registered in its system.
“One of the main reasons we selected CodeRED is because it gives residents and business owners control by allowing them to add or remove their phone number directly into the system’s database,” Chief Keefe said. “You will only be contacted if you opt in.”
Chief Keefe urges those who wish to be notified about emergencies in Andover to log onto Andover’s custom CodeRED website to register. Anyone without Internet access can sign up at the Police Station, located at 32 North Main St.
All businesses should be registered as well as any resident or individual who would like to be informed in case of an emergency in town. This includes residents who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or have moved, and those who use cell phones as their primary phone numbers.
“CodeRED allows geographically-based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper people in a given situation,” Chief Keefe said. “The system works for all cell phones and even VoIP users, but we need to have it associated with a street address in order to provide relevant messages.”
The CodeRED registration system is easy and secure. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes. For more information, visit the Andover Police Website at andoverps.net/police
About Emergency Communications Network
Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring four major services: CodeRED, which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive messages via voice, email and text messaging; CodeRED Weather Warning, which provides automated alerts to citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service; My Daily Call, for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, inform, and latchkey kids; and CodeED, for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities. To learn more, visit www.ecnetowrk.com.