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CodeRED emergency system to be tested Friday

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will test its emergency notification system – CodeRED – for a second time beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 16.

The sheriff’s office has partnered with Emergency Communications Network, LLC to deliver its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

The system provides Douglas County the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or an entire city/county.

On Friday, citizens in the database will receive a test phone call. If the call is not answered, an automated voicemail message will be left.

Caller ID will not indicate the number is from CodeRED, so it’s important that the phone numbers are not mistaken as a telemarketer or unwanted call.

The phone numbers for CodeRED are 800-566-9780 (weather), 866-419-5000 (emergency notifications), and 855-969-4636 (general notifications). If notifications are received via cell phone, CodeRED can be added to the contact list using the above phone numbers.

CodeRED alerts can be issued for a variety of reasons including evacuation, natural disasters, terrorism threats, gas leaks, chemical spill, missing child alerts, severe weather information and other situations.

Weather notifications will be sent out shortly after a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, or flash flood warning has been issued from the National Weather Service. Citizens in the immediate impact area will be notified.

Weather related notifications will not be received unless the phone or device has been registered by checking the box indicating the desire to receive the notifications.

Notifications can be delivered by phone call, text message, e-mail or all three. Individuals and businesses can log onto the Douglas County website,, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.

Those without Internet access may call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, (320) 762-8151, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to supply information over the phone. All businesses and individuals should register, emphasized Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. “This is one more way for us to keep our community aware of emergency situations,” he said.

Those who have changed a phone number or address in the past year or who use a cellular or VoIP phone as a primary number need to register. If you think you are registered but do not receive the test call, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received.

The system is effective for cell phones too, but an associated street address is necessary to provide relevant messages.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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