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Pierce County to test notification system Tuesday

Pierce County will utilize the CodeRED Emergency Notification System Tuesday to call the entire community.

The calls will begin at 1 p.m. that day and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give county personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster.

The message to be delivered directs recipients to the county’s web site to add additional contact numbers, and also asks recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.

Gary Brown, Pierce County Emergency Management, and Sheriff Nancy Hove, suggest “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database, you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.”

In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.

Brown and Hove urge citizens to log onto the county’s website at and follow the CodeRED link in the bottom right corner of the home page. Those without internet access may call 715-273-6751 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.

More information about the CodeRED system is on the website; any questions should be directed to Pierce County Emergency Management at 715-273-6751.