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City announces CodeRED phone notification system

2. September 2005 • Murph
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Beginning 7 September, the City of Ann Arbor will be using the CodeRED system to provide telephone alerts (pdf) of boil water advisories, chemical spills, and other emergency events to residents of the affected area. From their press release:

Ann Arbor residents and businesses are encouraged to register online to be personally alerted in the event of an imminent threat to health and safety—such as for a chemical spill, evacuation notice, bomb threat, boil water notification, or missing child alert—through the CodeRED program provided by the City of Ann Arbor’s new contract with Emergency Communications Network.

The CodeRED system is capable of dialing 60,000 phone numbers per hour, making three attempts to connect to any registered number and delivering a recorded message to a live person or answering machine within a specific geographic area or for the entire city.

To register your phone number, select the CodeRED option on the City of Ann Arbor’s main web page,, and provide your name, address, primary phone number and alternate phone number. Those without Internet access may pick up a free CodeRED registration form from the Customer Service Center, 220 E. Huron, or from the 24-hour Police Desk in City Hall, 100 N. Fifth Ave. Place the completed forms in the deposit boxes at either location.

Sign up now – the signup page says it takes up to two weeks(!) for address verification, so this is not something to put off to the last minute.