The Town of Orchard Park has implemented an alert system to notify residents in case of an emergency.
CodeRED will rely on an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers for Orchard Park residents, but officials are encouraging residents to visit orchardparkny.org/content/EmergencyManagement and click on CodeRED to include additional contact information, such as cellphone numbers and email addresses.
Orchard Park anticipates using the high-speed emergency service to notify residents of events including fires, floods, drinking-water emergencies and missing children.
“CodeRed’s robust system will provide town officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our citizens during emergencies,” said Richard Mrugalski, Orchard Park’s emergency manager. ““We are eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans.”
Orchard Park collaborated with West Seneca to negotiate a 25 percent discount on CodeRED, which is operated by Emergency Communications Network based in Ormond Beach, Fla. The annual cost for the notification system dropped to about $16,000 when both municipalities offered to sign up at once.