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Granville County’s free emergency notification system, CodeRED, will be tested on Tuesday between 6:30-7 p.m. The purpose of the test is to validate telephone numbers in the Granville County database.

The CodeRED system allows Granville County’s emergency officials to effectively reach residents and personnel through telephone calls, text messages and emails. If a resident receives this call, no action is needed. Granville County is testing the system to ensure it is operational and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.

The process helps to continually improve the system already in place by increasing the efficiency and speed at which notifications will be delivered during an actual emergency. If citizens of the county are not registered and their phone number is not in the database, they will not receive this call or any other notifications during an emergency.

Robin Edwards, Granville County’s Emergency Services coordinator, noted that the number of residents who actively add/update their contact information in the emergency database directly impacts the protection that can be provided to people and property.

“Residents, as well as businesses, are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information,” Edwards said, “in particular, those who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VolP phone as their primary number.”

A reminder is also offered that if a citizen is already registered for a municipal CodeRED system in their city or town of residence, they are not automatically enrolled in the county-wide database. Granville County enrollment is an entirely separate process.

“If you want to be notified of emergencies across the entire county, then you are urged to register on our website — and to keep your contact information up to date to be better informed,” Edwards added. “And if you know anyone who is not registered and lives in Granville County, please encourage them to do so.”

To register or for more information about CodeRED, visit the Granville County website, www.granvillecounty.org, and click on the CodeRED logo located on the Emergency Management page. This page can be accessed through the “Community” heading at the top of the home page. Those without internet access should contact a friend or family member to assist in the online process of adding/updating contact information to the county’s emergency database.

Questions regarding this system test or about CodeRED should be directed to Granville County Emergency Services at 919-603-1310.

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