From Staff Reports
This month, the East Texas Council of Governments Executive Committee approved a fifth year of funding CodeRED, a reverse emergency notification system, for the East Texas region as a part of its public safety program.
Athens is one of several cities to receive funding for the emergency system. Athens is scheduled to receive $2,871 for 9,375 annual minutes.
The CodeRED system, funded by a Homeland Security grant, is a telephone communication service that allows the county/city Emergency Management Coordinator to quickly notify citizens about emergencies.
Emergency notifications include tornados and storm events, drinking water contamination, utility outage, evacuation notice and route, missing person, fires or floods, bomb threat, hostage situation, chemical spill or gas leak, and other emergency incidents where rapid notification is essential.
The CodeRED system has been contracted through the Emergency Communications Network since 2009 for all of the counties served by ETCOG, with the exception of Henderson County, due to their 9-1-1 district already providing a reverse notification system.
A total of five years of billing with a sum of $810,064 has been granted by ETCOG, to date, to provide East Texas with CodeRED including the 2013 - 2014 contract approved for $100,004.
A breakdown of this year’s contract for the East Texas region includes distribution to Anderson County, City of Palestine, Camp County, Cherokee County, City of Jacksonville, Gregg County, City of Longview, Harrison County, City of Marshall, City of Athens, Marion County, Panola County, Rains County, Rusk County, Smith County, City of Tyler, Upshur County, Van Zandt County, City of Canton and Wood County.
All citizens and business are encouraged to register their cell phone numbers by logging onto their county websites or contacting their county Emergency Management Coordinator.
Athens residents can register for the program by visiting www.athenstexas.us and clicking on the CodeRED link on the left side of the homepage.
For more information, contact ETCOG’s Director of Public Safety, Stephanie Heffner, at 903-218-6461.
The East Texas Council of Governments is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region.
ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development.
Established in 1970, ETCOG, either directly, or through its contractors, provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers, and job seekers.
ETCOG and its contractors also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, and environmental grant funding for the region.
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