The Middleburg Heights Public Health, Safety and Relief Committee is dedicated to ensuring that you live and work in a safe community. The committee has also been diligently working on enhancing communications with residents specifically when there is an important message that needs to be conveyed or an emergency that may affect those who live and work in the city of Middleburg Heights.
The resolution’s sponsor, Councilman David Bortolotto, Chairman of the Public Health, Safety and Relief Committee is pleased to announce that on behalf of Mayor Gary W. Starr and all City Council members, Middleburg Heights will be investing in a citywide emergency notification system called CodeRed.
Over the last several months with the help of Mayor Starr, the Administration and the Public Health, Safety and Relief Committee has assessed and evaluated several city alert systems being used in cities similar to our size throughout the United States. They concluded that CodeRed will not only provide our city with stellar service but will also provide a fair price.
With this new technology the city of Middleburg Heights will have the ability to alert a large number of residents in a very short period of time. The alerts will be used to warn residents of dangerous storms, tornadoes, gas line breaks, hazardous material spills, flooding, heat advisories, accidents, lost persons and other major emergencies.
CodeRed’s alert technology is sophisticated and even has the ability to alert specific neighborhoods or streets when an incident is pertinent to a specific area.
The system will convey messages and alerts to all residents via landlines, cell phones and SMS text messages. At the current time the alerts will be able to notify all residents in the 44130 zip code who are listed in the phone book.
“I am very excited that city council voted to implement the CodeRed system, this system is world class and will ensure the safety of our residents and could literally be lifesaving,” said Mayor Starr.
As always, the Public Health, Safety and Relief Committee will continuously advocate for residents to have plans A and B for emergencies. Certainly, lessons have been learned from experiences such as hurricane Sandy. One of them is that even Ohio can be affected by a hurricane. Even more important is that the more information we receive in advance, the better prepared we could be for the next minute, hour or day.
“I promise you that CodeRed will prove to be invaluable to all Middleburg Heights residents! If there should ever be a vital emergency in Middleburg Heights our goal would be to have every resident recount their experiences, either good or bad,-but be alive.” said Bortolotto.
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included so we are urging all individuals and businesses to sign up. Those without Internet access may call CodeRED’s Customer Service Center (866)-939-0911, Monday through Friday, (8AM-5PM) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year. . The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.
Again, questions should be directed to the CodeRED’s Emergency Management Office (866)-939-0911.
Sign-up to receive important city messages. It’s free and easy to do!
Click here or on the CodeRED weather warning logo above