Somerset County, Pa., to Test Emergency Alert System

The CodeRED system is used to distribute information about emergencies such as evacuation notices, utility outages, water main breaks, fires, floods and chemical spills, according to information on Somerset County’s website.

by Mark Pesto, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. / March 19, 2019

(TNS) — Somerset County, Pa., will test its CodeRED emergency public mass notification system at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the county’s top emergency management official.

Joel Landis, director of the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services, said on Saturday that he urged business owners and members of the public to sign up prior to the test for the service, which is used to send notifications about emergency situations in the county by phone, email, text message and social media.

Landis said in an email that the “CodeRED system provides Somerset County public safety officials the ability to quickly deliver emergency messages to your landline or cell phone to targeted areas or the entire county.”

The CodeRED system is used to distribute information about emergencies such as evacuation notices, utility outages, water main breaks, fires, floods and chemical spills, according to information on Somerset County’s website.

The county can also use the system to send registered subscribers messages about less urgent situations, including planned road closures, water main repairs and water and power service interruptions.

As of Monday, a link through which interested parties could sign up for the CodeRED system was posted on the front page of Somerset County’s .

The free CodeRED Mobile Alert app is also available through Google Play or the iTunes store, according to the county’s website.

Links to download the app are available on the Department of Emergency Services’ website.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.

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