Called Code Red, the community notification system is going to allow for those who participate to get information on emergencies ranging from inclement weather to a missing person.

The Redwood County public is going to have another line of communication thanks to a new program being implemented in the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department.

Called Code Red, the community notification system is going to allow for those who participate to get information on emergencies ranging from inclement weather to a missing person.

According to Randy Hanson, Redwood County sheriff, the idea is one prompted by the technology that is available today.

“People have access through their cell phones to information and that is how they are looking for it today,” said Hanson to the Redwood County commissioners during its meeting Tuesday.

Having that immediate information can help save lives and sends a message the county is interested in communicating with the public about what is going on in a much more instant fashion.

The Code Red program, which is going to be implemented is offered through the Emergency Communi-cations Network, services 52 Minnesota counties with a notification system.

Hanson said the system which is being implemented can be used by others in the county, such as highway for announcements that could include road closures.

The service agreement between the sheriff’s department and the Emergency Communications Network comes with a $5,750 cost for one year.

Hanson said the funds to cover that cost would come from the county’s E-911 fund. He added the system that would be implemented can hook into the county’s current records management system.

When the program is up and running, Hanson said the public is going to be able to sign up, and he anticipated a link would be added to the county Web site.

“This is a volunteer program” said Hanson, adding, however, in other counties where a program like this has been added there is about a 60 percent rate of participation.

Hanson said while the system would be available for all county departments, he anticipates the sheriff’s department and emergency management department utilizing it most often.

In other action during its meeting Tuesday morning, the county board:

• Approved a computer software update for the E-911 program at a cost of $22,209 which would come from the E-911 fund.

• Directed staff to look into the possibility of installing security cameras in the county government center to ensure the security and safety of county employees and the public.

• Approved the purchase of two new signs for Plum Creek Park at a cost of $489 each. The plan is to have the signs purchased but then installed by county employees, with the hope of having the new signs installed by this spring.

• Appointed John Schueller to the county board of adjustments.