CONWAY — Horry County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc. of Ormond Beach, Fla., for its “CodeRED” high-speed telephone emergency notification services, according to a county press release.
The CodeRED system gives county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour, according to the release.
Randy Webster, Horry County’s Emergency Management Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone database supporting them.
“Although the system houses a database populated from multiple sources, if your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” Webster said. The CodeRED system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly to the system’s telephone database. The system allows you to enter as many phone numbers as you need for other family members or employees at your business by re-entering your information. The system also allows you to enter email addresses as the emergency notification can be broadcasted by phone, text or email.
To ensure no one is omitted, Webster urges all individuals and businesses to log onto Horry County’s website, http://www.horrycounty.org and follow the link to the “CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection” page. Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for emergency notifications. Those without internet access may call the Horry County Public Information Office at (843) 915-5390, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give their information over the phone to be added to the CodeRED system.