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CodeRED alert system is one of many changes

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County's latest emergency notification system known as "CodeRED" is streamlining the process so the county can alert you when it matters most.

CodeRED will replace every other emergency notification system the county currently has in place, such as "Nixle" and "GeoAlert." Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said it's faster than the other systems, and more efficient. Webster said the system will give county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency notification or information messages to targeted areas or even the entire county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

"We took this from lessons learned from the Windsor Green After Action Report and improvement plan that show we didn't have a good enough way to notify the people in a quick enough time of what was going on," Webster said.

With CodeRED, you don't necessarily have to sign up. The county has already added phone numbers from several databases. Anyone who wants to make sure their cell phone or even multiple numbers for a home or business are reached, must sign up. Webster explains what constitutes a messages getting sent out.

"If there's an emergency situation that needs immediate attention. Or whatever, it could be fire related, could be police related, storm related, evacuation related all those parameters, messages can go out," Webster said.

The program is free to citizens in the community. Webster said the program costs the county $30,000 per year.

On Monday September 23rd beginning at 10:00a.m. the county will send out a test message to every number it has in their current database. It'll take about three hours to reach every number, but if you don't get a voice message- you're not on the list.

If you want to be added to the CodeRED notification group, head to horrycounty.org and click on the "CodeRED" logo.

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