Town to test caller system
The calls will be in the morning and will continue until the entire database has been attempted, according to town officials.
This call will give Blowing Rock personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a communitywide disaster.
The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the town’s website ( http://www.townofblowingrock.com) to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.
Blowing Rock Police Chief Eric Brown suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other nontraditional phones, as well as email and text addresses.”
“If your contact information is not in the database, you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent,” he said.
In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed their phone number recently and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
Brown urges citizens to log onto the town’s website at http://www.townofblowingrock.com and follow the CodeRED link in the middle of the page. Those without Internet access may call (828) 295-5212 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.
More information about the CodeRED system is on the website. For more information, call the Blowing Rock Police Department at (828) 295-5212.
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