CodeRED Emergency Notification System

CodeRED Information

CodeRED is a web based system which will allow us the ability to reach a large number of citizens in a very short period of time, by geographically based delivery of phone and text messaging. The system uses the latest in mass notification technology making the system very easy to use.

In addition, it allows County residents the ability to create their own account so they can add or remove numbers they want the system to call. We are working with the cities and townships in the county to ensure that this partnership will truly benefit all County residents.

To sign up for the CodeRED emergency notification system for Becker County, please visit CodeRED by clicking the logo below:

CodeRED Emergency Notification System

CodeRED Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?

    CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.

  • When will CodeRED be used?

    Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. These may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories or evacuation notices.

  • Does the CodeRED system replace other systems that have been used to provide time-sensitive information to residents?

    This system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is meant to supplement current or past systems used for mass notification.

  • Does the CodeRED system already have my telephone number, or do I need to sign up to receive CodeRED notifications?

    The CodeRED database contains information received from public databases, including regional phonebooks. However, no resident should assume that their information is in the system. The Emergency Management section of the Becker County website has a link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page where you can register online.

  • I have a business located in Becker County. Can I arrange to have CodeRED contact my business?

    Yes. Fill out the CodeRED registration form but be sure to select the "This address is business" option. Please note that emergency calls can only be delivered to a direct dial number. Automated attendants will disrupt the process and the calls will not be delivered. Businesses should register their main number and establish a procedure for distributing the CodeRED message to their workforce.

  • What if I want to register additional numbers for my address?

    After you submit the initial registration form, you may start the registration process again and submit more numbers for the same address.

  • Is my personal information protected?

    CodeRED is a service of Emergency Communications Network which takes security and privacy concerns very seriously. They will not sell, trade, lease or loan any data citizen supplied data to third parties.

  • How will I recognize a CodeRED message?

    A CodeRED Emergency message will have a caller ID of 866-419-5000. A CodeRED General message will have a caller ID 855-969-4636. We suggest you program both numbers in your cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED Emergency" and "CodeRED General" as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification message again, simply dial the number and you will be able to hear the message again.

  • What should I do if I receive a CodeRED message?

    Listen carefully to the entire message. You will have the option to repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid from the police or fire department.

  • I have a cordless phone, and it does not work when the power goes out. How will the system be able to contact me?

    Make sure you have at least one working corded telephone and be sure to turn the ringer on. The CodeRED sign-up form allows you to indicate both a primary and alternate phone number. Cell phone and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternate phone numbers. Both primary and alternate phone numbers will be contacted when a notification is sent.

  • Will the CodeRED system leave a message on an answering machine?

    Yes, the CodeRED system will leave a message on a machine or on voicemail. The CodeRED system will leave the entire message in one pass.

  • What happens if the line is busy?

    If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.

  • What circumstances might prevent a message from being delivered to me?

    • If your contact information has changed and you have not registered your new information.
    • If you have only cordless phones in your residence, the power is out and you did not register an alternate phone number.
    • If your line is busy for an extended time and your calls do not forward to voicemail or an answering machine.
    • If you have a privacy manager on your main phone and you did not register an alternate phone number.

    Becker County will receive a report of undelivered calls and can instruct the CodeRED system to begin another round of calls to busy numbers. It is best to have an alternate phone number in the calling database for these situations.