Sandoval County is recommending residents register their phone and email addresses with the CODE RED emergency notification system.
The system uses GPS technology to access telephone networks in an area affected by an emergency such as a fire or chemical spill, and notify them what they can do to avoid danger.
Used during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, the system was able to identify land-based telephone lines in an area around the fire and call residents who needed to evacuate. But because it only has access to landlines, residents who were not at home or who don’t have landlines, did not receive the notice.
CODE RED will call mobile numbers and send messages to email addresses that have been registered.
Sandoval County residents can register their cell phones and work phones, or sign up for email alerts on the county’s website http://www.sandovalcounty.com and clicking on the CODE RED logo on the home page.