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Hurricane Prep Message #3

Scott Sherrill - Friday, June 12, 2015

Happy Hurricane Season Everyone,

          In the past, Pine Knoll Shores has used a siren system to notify citizens of emergency situations. In this world of internet, email and cell phones, a siren system seems to be antiquated, and we have decided we can get alerts to the residents more efficiently through the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system. The switch over will be effective with the 2015 hurricane season, beginning on June 1.

          CodeRED is a communication service that allows Carteret County Emergency Services (CCES) to quickly notify residents and visitors about emergency and health situations. Emergency notifications or health alerts can be sent out via landline, cellular phone, text message or email, and can be customized to send messages only to specific neighborhoods or to the entire county. It is important to note that the CodeRED alert system is activated only in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or emergency.

          Pine Knoll Shores has negotiated an agreement with CCES to send out town-specific alerts in addition to county-wide notifications. A Pine Knoll Shores-only notification would go out at the request of PKS Emergency Management personnel.

          CodeRED is an efficient system for alerting large numbers of people in a short period of time. All residents are encouraged to register with CodeRED if they have not already done so. Simply go to the county’s website at carteretcountync.gov and click on “Emergency Notifications” under CodeRED. If you do not have access to a computer, you can contact CCES by phone at 252-222-5841. Registration is free and you will not be charged for notifications.

          If you have questions related to CodeRED, please contact CCES at the above number or contact Fire Chief Jason Baker at 247-2268, ext. 30, via email at jbaker@townofpks.com, or stop by the Public Safety Building.

Brian Kramer

Town Manager

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Office--(252)-247-4353

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