County Wide Alerts and Warnings
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the emergency notification system for our residents and businesses. The system, CodeRED, is a high-speed telephone emergency notification service allowing public safety agencies the ability to deliver pre-recorded information to targeted areas within the county. The system may be implemented in situations such as police activity in an area, a lost child (Amber Alert), wildfires, or any other incidents in which residents in the immediate area and surrounding areas would need to be notified to take appropriate steps to safeguard life and property.
CodeRed has the capability of making up to 60,000 phone calls an hour and will attempt to deliver the message to each residence up to 3 times in order to maximize the number of delivered messages. It can deliver the pre-recorded message to a live person or an answering machine. The message will consist of six key elements:
- Statement that it is a CodeRED Emergency message from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office…
- Time and date of the call.
- Scope of the emergency.
- Area(s) affected by emergency.
- Action that needs to be taken.
- Directions for obtaining more information.
Subscribers to this Emergency Mass Notification System will receive notification ONLY when there is a situation that could pose a threat to public health and/or safety or threat to property as determined by the office of Douglas County Office of Emergency Management.
Examples of such situations are those during which the public would alerted to:
- Shelter in place;
- Evacuate; or
- Take action specific to a public health emergency
An alert will not be deployed for routine notification of impending weather nor will this service be used to repeat information disseminated by the National Weather Service or other commercial weather notification web sites and other media sources.
Weather disturbances in Douglas County are typically short-lived events that are difficult to predict. The Office of Emergency Management is continually monitoring the latest forecast and actual weather conditions through multiple sources.
As part of being in a state of readiness, citizens should not rely solely on this Web site for emergency information. It is important for all citizens to be situationaly aware within their local area of all potential emergency situations.