For the crime watchers amongst us, enhanced public safety alerts are now available through a new version of the app – CodeRED Mobile Alert.
The app is provided through the North Platte 911 Center’s contract with Emergency Communications Network, LLC.
The new version of the app s a free download for iPhone and Android subscribers. It will allow residents to view all active alerts for the entire country.
Previously, alerts on the app were limited to a 500-mile radius of the subscriber’s location, but it has been expanded to a 5,000-mile radius.
As subscribers view alerts outside the area, they can simply tap the compass icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to return to their current location. North Platte Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said.
The enhanced app also features "group badge icons" on the subscriber’s setting page to select types of subgroup notifications.
Mary Ann Agler, North Platte's 911 telecommunications supervisor, said the upgraded version of the CodeRED app will enhance public safety.
Residents who would like access to the enhanced CodeRED Mobile Alert must update their current CodeRED Mobile Alert app.
For iPhone subscribers, the user may visit their App Store and search for Updates. For Android subscribers, the user will receive a notification that an upgrade is available for the app.
The upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app costs nothing more under the North Platte 911 Center’s current contract with Emergency Communications Network.
“We encourage all our residents who have smartphones to download the app. The app enables us to send notifications to only those citizens in the affected area of the alert, reducing false alarms,” Agler said.
For more information or to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, visit http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html.
For those residents without a smart phone, or for those who do not wish to obtain the mobile app, it is possible to sign up for Code Red Weather Alert service on the City of North Platte’s web site.
Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network, LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes, the company said.