This past week, the Rolla Police Department handled
This system is an internet based high-speed notification system that will provide alerts to subscribers on severe weather, street and school closings, emergency crime information and hundreds of other services through land line phones, cell phones and even computers. One key feature of the CodeRed System is the automated weather alert feature that will provide severe weather “watches” and “warnings” as soon as they are released through the National Weather Service without any operator input. In other words, you receive the information from the NWS directly as soon as it is released.
We looked into this system as an added early warning system to our citizens. Although expensive, the system can be purchased as a group option with several entities entering into the agreement and thus sharing the costs. Each entity will have total control of the use of the system independent of each other. For example the school system could enter into the agreement and use the system for early school cancellation, changes in bus routes or school closings. Public works could utilize the system for street closings, damaged water mains or whatever needs may arise. We as law enforcement would be able to provide information on dangerous criminals at large, hostage situations, dangerous roads and many other warnings. I feel that we are in need of this type of system and will be visiting with other agency heads in the next couple weeks to gather support. This is just one more step in keeping our citizens safe and what price do you put on saving a life?
In our search for the best system we researched other similar type products but found CodeRed to be the best product available. The cost for this system with the weather alert feature and unlimited texting to the CodeRed Warning system, is nearly $40,000.00 per year. We hoped to include several other agencies within the county in the plan to reduce costs to each but still be able to utilize the product as the agencies needs arise. We also contacted several other agencies within the State of Missouri currently using the CodeRed system and received nothing but high marks on the abilities and time saving measures in place. Most agencies reported that they do not know how they got along without CodeRed in the past. We will keep you posted on the progress of instituting this product here in Phelps County.
Have a great week!
Staff Sergeant Rick Williams