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Emergency notification system has already been used 33 times, officials say

GOFFAre you connected to the CodeRED emergency notification system for Lake Oswego?

If not, registration is easy and takes just a few minutes. Residents can visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/citymanager/code-red-emergency-notification to learn more and find a link to the online registration page; more information is also available from the City's Public Information Office at 503-635-0257.

The system allows City officials to send out emergency notification messages and information by phone, email or text to everyone who is registered. The automated system can send out 1,000 calls per minute, enabling officials to quickly spread the word in the event of a disaster such as a flood or earthquake, or an emergency such as a bomb threat, a gas leak or a missing person.

There's also a smartphone app available that allows users to view nearby alert notices.

According to the City's website, residents who are already enrolled should make sure to update their registration if they've recently switched from an analog home phone service to a digital service, such as one offered through a cable provider.

The CodeRED system is a product of Emergency Communications Network LLC and is used by thousands of cities and communities across the country. According to Fire Chief Larry Goff, Lake Oswego's system was implemented in the summer of 2005 and has been used 33 times for everything from missing people and boil-water notices to flooding and a potential landslide evacuation.

Just this week, officials used CodeRED to help find a missing 8-year-old boy; Ricky Gonzalez was returned home safe and sound less than an hour after the alert was disseminated. In August 2015, the City used the system to warn neighbors of a one-acre brush fire in East Waluga Park.

"We were one of the first to have the CodeRED system in Oregon," Goff says. "A lot of other cities have it now."

— Anthony Macuk

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