Morrow County uses CodeRED, a high-speed telephone notification system, to send mass notifications by phone, email and text to keep citizens informed. In the event of an evacuation, utility outage, water main break, fire or flood, chemical spill, or other emergency situation, the City may activate CodeRED to send emergency notifications to registered subscribers. The City may also use CodeRED to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water service interruptions, etc.
There is no charge to register for or use CodeRED, and personal information is kept confidential. Registering for CodeRED is quick and easy and can be done in one of two ways:
The CodeRED telephone database is generated from the City’s Utility Billing records, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping layers, and manual CodeRED registrations completed online or through Customer Service. The City or CodeRED does not have access to cell phone databases.
The Federal Communications Commission prohibits CodeRED from calling a cell phone except in life safety emergencies. Morrow County residents and business owners who only use cell phones should manually register their cell phone numbers with CodeRED to ensure they receive notifications.
Morrow County's neighbors and visitors can now receive enhanced public safety alerts no matter where they are through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, a free public safety app for both Android and iPhone users. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app is similar to the CodeRED telephone notification system; however, instead of issuing calls, the app delivers community and emergency alerts to anyone located within a notification area via their mobile device.
If you are currently a CodeRED subscriber that has already registered your mobile phone to get notifications from the City, you will continue to receive calls. However, if you download the app, you will also be able to get alerts to your smartphone anywhere in the country, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.
As I begin to reflect on the 41 years of Morrow County EMS, I find myself humbled. The dedication and compassion of our present and past personnel have truly shown me why this field is a rewarding one. Morrow County EMS has continued to grow, by grow I mean that in the truest sense. The past has planted seeds of compassion for the sick and injured as well as the dedication to embrace technology to improve our patient care. As we continue to grow we must prepare for change in how we deliver care. Whether we do it thru Community Paramedicine, Community Outreach or a Tiered System. We also must embrace our personnel and the people we serve thru the Ten Principles of Servant Leadership; Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuasion, Conceptualization, Foresight, Stewardship, Commitment to Growth of People and Building a Community.
As we move forward in EMS we must keep in mind That EMS is still in its infancy stage compared to the Fire Service. The earliest known fire department was formed in Ancient Rome by Egnatius Rufus who used his slaves to provide a free fire service. The Emperor Augustus established a public fire department in 24 BCE. The Fire service has come a long way since then, now its our turn to grow and shine.