The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) uses a state of the art emergency notification system, called CodeRED. This opt-in system provides rapid notification to residents and businesses about emergency events within DeKalb County.
To ensure emergency notifications and weather warnings are delivered to residents and businesses in a timely manner, DEMA encourages everyone living or doing business in DeKalb County to sign up in the self-registration portal (see link below). Registration must be completed through the portal to receive CodeRED notification.
At least one physical address is required to ensure the individuals living or working in the affected area are notified. Only alerts that are critical and time-sensitive, such as boil water notices, emergency evacuation notices, severe weather warnings, and shelter-in-place notifications are sent to the registered addresses.
All information in the portal is kept strictly confidential. To learn more about DeKalb County CodeRED, see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
Frequently Asked Questions about CodeRED:
- What is CodeRED? CodeRED is an opt-in, web-based critical communication solution that enables local public safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message, and email of time-sensitive information, emergencies, or urgent notifications. The system can reach hundreds of thousands of individuals in minutes to ensure information such as evacuation notices, inclement weather advisories, and more are quickly shared. Only authorized officials have access to send alerts using the CodeRED system.
- When will CodeRED be used? Any message regarding the safety of our residents and community will be disseminated using CodeRED. We will send out alerts via phone, text, and email in a variety of situations including boil water notices, gas leaks, evacuation notices, police activity, fire emergencies, and more. This is a community alert system to ensure you remain informed of important information. Please keep in mind that as you register to receive CodeRED alerts, you have the ability to select the types of messages you wish to receive and your preferred means of communication.
- Why is CodeRED important to me? CodeRED is an important tool to help keep you informed and prepared for any emergencies that may occur in our area. Officials will send messages to alert you of emergency details, instructions, or precautions that you need in order to make well-informed decisions and remain safe. This system is precise enough to geotarget residents within an exact area of impact so that only those people who are affected by the emergency situation are notified.
- Is there a cost to register for CodeRED? No, registering for CodeRED phone calls, text messages, and email are free.
- How do I sign up? Visit our enrollment website and enter the required information online (address, name, phone number(s), and email). This is the quickest way to sign up because the information you supply is immediately registered in the system. If you do not have Internet at home, please consider visiting a library or asking a friend or family member for assistance. You can also contact DeKalb Emergency Management Agency at 770-270-0413.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
- How will I know when CodeRED is calling? A CodeRED message will have the caller ID # 866-419-5000 for emergencies and caller ID # 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. We suggest that you program these numbers into your cell phone as a “new contact” and use “CodeRED” as the contact name. If you need to replay the message received, you can dial this number and listen to the message again in its entirety.
- Does CodeRED already have my telephone number? Unless you have previously signed up for CodeRED, we will not have your telephone number. The system is opt-in. Please, visit the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page to register online.
- Can I register more than one phone number or email for my address? Yes, you can register more than one phone number and/or email address for your location when you register for CodeRED. Please note that it is highly recommended you register at least one phone number and one email address to ensure that you will receive CodeRED alerts in the event of a power outage or an incident that may occur late at night when you are generally asleep.
- How will the system contact me? When signing up for CodeRED, you may indicate both a primary and alternative phone number. Cell phones and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternatives. Both your primary and your alternative phone numbers will be contacted in the event of a CodeRED notification.
- What do I do if I receive a CodeRED message? If you receive a CodeRED phone call, listen carefully to the entire message. You can repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so, or you need immediate aid from the police or fire department. If you receive a CodeRED email or text message, please be sure to read the entire message carefully and follow all instructions.
- What if I miss a CodeRED phone call? The CodeRED system will leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail if you miss a CodeRED phone call. If you do not have an answering machine, the system will consider the call as “incomplete” and will attempt to call again after several minutes have passed. If your phone line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect. At any point, you may re-dial the 800 number on your caller ID to hear a replay of the message sent.
- Do I ever need to renew my registration? Renewals are not necessary as long as your contact information has not changed. If you move, however, you must update your information to ensure you will continue receiving these valuable notifications.