Benton Harbor residents encouraged to sign up for CodeRED alerts

NOW: Benton Harbor residents encouraged to sign up for CodeRED alerts

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- The City of Benton Harbor is encouraging residents to sign up for the CodeRED automated notification system.

One of the reasons the city chose the CodeRED system is the ability for residents to add their own phone numbers.

City Manager Darwin Watson says you shouldn't assume your number is included.

Click here to enroll in the CodeRED community notification system.

The city encourages businesses, residents with unlisted numbers, residents with cell phones only, and those who have moved or changed phone numbers in the last year to register.

"CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages," Watson said in a press release.

Benton Harbor resident Casey Kiser says this program will keep neighbors informed.

"I think it would be good, I think it will keep the people of Benton Harbor informed on the things that happen so we're not all in the lost and we aren't listening to gossip," Kiser said. 

When signing up, you'll need to provide your name, address and phone number.

If you don’t have internet access, you can call City Hall at 269-927-8400, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and someone will take your information over the phone.

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