CODE RED

The CODE RED emergency alert system has been approved as the new emergency alert system for Rogers County.

Rogers County Emergency Management Director Scotty Stokes' proposal to select them from among the other bidders, was approved by the Rogers County Commissioners this week.

Stokes said the county has used multiple emergency alert notification systems in the past, the most recent being one that "did not meet our expectations."

After reviewing all the bids, Stokes said CODE RED was neither the highest nor lowest bidder, but that they met all of the county's parameters.

He said one advantage of using this system is that, "They can send out automated weather alerts from the National Weather Service to anyone that geocodes within their impacted range."

He said alerts can be sent to land lines through the Rogers County 911 records but those wishing to receive alerts through their cell phones will have the opportunity to sign up at no cost.

He said neighboring Mayes County has used the CODE RED notification system for several years and have positive things to say about the system.

“The key thing for us was ease of use, it’s very user-friendly,” said Mayes County Emergency Management Deputy Director Mike Dunham. “They have good customer service and support. Overall it’s a good product for a good price.”

Stokes said they have yet to finalize the contract but that they hope to have everything up and running by Feb. 1.