POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- After Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc, an effort was made to improve communications and preparedness by first responders, including Chief David Ryan. He researched and located a program called CodeRED, a high-speed notification system that is now part of the town's emergency protocol.
One of the first issues introduced to the Town Board by Supervisor Richard Lyman resulted with the unanimous vote to contract a CodeRED license for Pound Ridge. The system allows town officials to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire community.
One of the reasons CodeRED was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their phone numbers directly into the database, which is an extremely important feature.
Lyman cautioned such systems are only as good as the telephone database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," he said. The town has set up a user-friendly page on its website allowing residents and businesses alike to enter contact information in order to be notified during emergencies.
“No one should assume their phone number is included,” Lyman added, urging everyone in Pound Ridge to log onto the town's website and follow the link to the CodeRED enrollment page. Those without Internet access should call the Pound Ridge Police Department Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to supply information over the phone.
Required information includes first and last name, street address (no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code and primary phone number. Additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
CodeRED gives those who want to be included in emergency notifications an easy and secure method for submitting information. The collected data will only be used for emergency notification purposes. Any questions should be directed to Ryan at the Police Department.
The Pound Ridge Town website and our new CodeRED enrollment page can be located at http://www.townofpoundridge.com
Laurance Baschkin is a resident of Pound Ridge.