CodeRED alert worked for critical communication about missing child in our county

Last year I wrote about a service called CodeRED that we signed up for. “Effective June 1, 2014, Nevada County will have a new emergency and mass notification provider. … The CodeRED system will be used to send critical communications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.”

Sign up is voluntary and details are here.

Like most people, we normally don’t appreciate late night phone calls, but we had no problem receiving this one at 9:40 p.m. At the same time the phone rang a text message read: “FRM: NEV CO SHERIFF; SUBJ: Message from Nevada County, CA; MSG: RPT OF MISSING 11-year old …LAST SEEN AT 2:30 p.m. CALL NEV CO SHERIFF at 530-265-7880. (End).”

We had not seen this girl, but we were glad that law enforcement was getting the word out.

We were asleep but the phone rang again  at 1:27 a.m., and we received a followup text message reading: “SUBJ: Message from Nevada County, CA. MSG: MISSING JUVENILE WAS LOCATED SAFELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

This was the first time we got to see the system in action. It is a minor inconvenience to receive a phone call in the middle of the night when you consider how helpful this service can be. We’re glad to have it. And we’re glad that the outcome was a happy one.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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