Knox County Emergency Notification Service (CodeRED)

The Knox County Emergency management Agency has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone, to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines.

By registering, you’ll be added to the emergency call list, and also be notified during Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within a few minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.

Knox County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.

To sign up, go to:
https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=zViD8IibykhTbU0cC34A4A%3D%3D

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Knox County Storm Spotter Training Course

Knox County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting the annual 2012 National Weather Service Severe Storm Spotter Training Course on Thursday, March 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Workforce Development Building at 1500 Chestnut St in Vincennes. The class is free of charge and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to learn about severe weather and severe weather safety. This also helps as a refresher for some that have not been to a spotter course for a while to keep up to date on changes.

2012 Weather Spotter Training Webinars

The National Weather Service in Paducah KY will be conducting 10 Spotter Training Webinars in preparation for the upcoming severe weather season. These free webinars are open to anyone and will have all the content of our basic spotter class.

For a list of dates and times, or to register, visit our web page at:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/?n=2012spottertraining

Classes last about 2 1/2 hours, and a computer and phone is required for the presentation.

 

 

VU Homeland Security Community Academy

YOU’RE INVITED!!

The public is invited to enroll in one of two Homeland Security Community Academies. The First academy will be March 24, 2012 at the VU Gibson Center in Fort Branch, IN and the second academy will be March 31, 2012 at Lawrenceville, IL City Hall.
These sessions are designed to raise awareness about timely issues such as weapons of mass destruction, international and domestic terrorism, emergency management and many other interesting topics.

Enrollment in the academy is free and lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. The sessions are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST.

Further details and applications are available at www.vinu.edu/homelandsecurity

If attending – Please mention that you heard about this program from Gibson County Communique!

 

The application is available at:
 http://helpgcc.org/lawrencevilledocs/Comm.%20Acd.%20App.%202012.doc

Completed applications should be emailed to:   VUcapstone2012@gmail.com