Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 04, 2014 09:56 am
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Atlantic County government has announced the results of a recent test call of its new CodeRED Emergency Notification System. Officials announced that overall, the county reached 79,137 numbers during the one-day test, achieving a success rate of 64 percent.
“This is an impressive test call,” said Joey Medvick, CodeRED operations specialist. “Atlantic County's rate is among the highest of our customers nationwide in terms of speed and delivery and can be expected to increase with modifications to the database as a result of this test.”
The test call was sent to the 123,318 numbers in the system’s database 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, including Verizon landline numbers and additional self-registered numbers.
Calls were delivered in 55 minutes, successfully connecting with 68,000 numbers that were answered live or by an answering machine.
A second-attempt call was sent at 2 p.m. that same day to those numbers that went unanswered in the initial morning call. Those calls were delivered within 26 minutes, and 14,337 were answered.
The county has had an emergency notification system for approximately five years, but recently contracted with CodeRED to update it.
The test call was useful in determining the validity of contact numbers and in identifying unnecessary duplications that can delay the delivery of time-sensitive messaging, according to a news release from the county.
The call also serves to promote awareness of the system that will be used by Atlantic County in the event of severe weather, emergency evacuations, boil water advisories, criminal activity, missing persons and other critical information.
In the week following the announcement of the test call, Atlantic County received nearly 800 new registered numbers. Registrants may choose their preferred method or methods of delivery – by voice, text or email on landline, cell or VoIP numbers. There is also a mobile app that can be downloaded for free from iTunes of Google Play.
County officials have emphasized the importance of this system not only for residents, but for those who may live outside the area but have businesses or properties within the county. The mobile app can be useful for anyone planning to travel through the region.
“The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is an important resource that can help save lives and properties,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson. “It provides yet another means of communication with the public when it matters most.”
County officials continue to encourage the public to register online at www.aclink.org or www.readyatlantic.org and look for the CodeRED link.
Those who do not have Internet access may call the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management for assistance at 609-407-6742, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,