County News


Posted 12/10/15 (Thu)

Washburn, ND – December 10, 2015 - McLean County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides McLean County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

Noelle Kroll, McLean County’s Disaster Emergency Services (DES) Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database; this is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Kroll said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the McLean County website, and follow the link at the bottom of the page to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. Those without Internet access may call McLean County's Disaster Emergency Services Department at 701-462-8809, Monday through Friday, (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

Kroll explained, "CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."

Kroll stated, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes." Questions should be directed to the DES Director Kroll at 701-462-8809 or to Chief Deputy Sheriff/E-911 Coordinator Richard Johnson at 701-462-8865.

About Emergency Communications Network

Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network, LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring four major services: CodeRED® which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging; CodeRED Weather Warning™ which provides automated alerts to citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service; My Daily Call™ for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, infirm and latchkey kids; and CodeED® for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities. To learn more, visit