New Emergency Alert System for Scott City Residents

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KFVS) – A new emergency alert system will allow Scott City to communicate with residents at the touch of a button.

Dan King, director of emergency management for Scott City, said they typically use social media to send out alerts, but with the new CodeRED system, they will be able to reach more people in less time.

“If you’re not sitting there watching Facebook when the weather alert goes out, you won’t know it,” King said.

But with the new CodeRED system, residents no longer have to worry about missing a social media alert.

“You’ll know that because your phone will ring, you’ll get an email or text message,” King said.

King can monitor alerts on his computer. It can even make notifications targeted by selecting a certain area on the map to send notifications.

“And only people in that area would get a call,” he explained.

Firefighters tested the system. Scott City Fire Chief Shawn Jackson said it would benefit them as well.

“If for some reason during a natural disaster our paging system were to go down or something, we can actually use that to be able to send our firefighters to certain scenes,” Jackson said.

Residents can choose to receive notifications in the form of SMS, email or phone call.

“It’s actually from the same phone number every time, so you can save that phone number in your address book so you actually know it’s the CodeRED system calling you,” Jackson said.

Some notifications don’t even require a person to send.

“With tornado warnings or severe thunderstorm warnings, those are automatically sent out,” King said.

King said the system is very innovative and he thinks more cities will adopt technology like this.

“I believe this is the wave of the future, honestly,” he said.

They encourage everyone who lives in Scott City to subscribe. Residents can also text “Scott city alert” to 99411 to start receiving notifications.

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