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Press Release
Southampton County Activates Community Notification
August 5, 2009

Southampton County Alert Sign-Ups

Southampton County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc., of Ormond Beach, Florida for its “CodeRED” high-speed telephone emergency notification services. The CodeRED system gives county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification / information messages related to missing children/persons, evacuation notices, fires, floods, hostage situations, chemical spills, gas leaks, water/sewer system outages, or any other emergency incident where rapid notification is essential. This system is offered free of charge to residents and businesses within Southampton County.

Although most residences and businesses with land-line telephone service are automatically enrolled in the program, the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office urges all individuals and businesses to log onto the Southampton County website, www.southamptoncounty.org and follow the link to the “CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection” page. To make sure your information is current and accurate we request that you complete the form. In addition, while completing the form, you may sign up to have the alerts sent to your cell phone as a voice or text message. If you do not have internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help enter your contact information. If you have any questions you may call the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office at (757)653-2100 or the county administrator’s office at (757)653-3015.

Weather Warning Alerts from the National Weather Service are an additional feature available through the CodeRED system. Anyone wishing to receive weather alerts for Tornado, Flash Flood and Severe Thunderstorms MUST go to the county’s website and click on the CodeRED link to enter their information and request the Weather Warning Option. If you do not have internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help enter your contact information. If you have any questions you may call the Sheriff’s Office.

Those who wish to not receive the CodeRED notifications must complete a Do Not Call Release Form. The form can be filled out at the Sheriff’s Office at 22336 Main Street, Courtland or printed from the link on the county’s website and dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office.

The information in the CodeRED database will only be used for emergency, weather and other important notification purposes. Questions about the system should be directed to Chief Communications Officer Jerry Smith at 757-653-2100.

The Southampton County Code Red Alert system is now operational. To opt in for weather alerts or to register your cell phone for alerts click on this link:

Southampton County Alert Sign-Ups

You may wish to add these phone numbers to your cell phone if you register it, so that you will recognize the numbers:

Code Red Alerts will always come from 866-419-5000
Weather Alerts will always come from 800-566-9780



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