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The CodeRed Emergency Notification
System is a fast communication service that allows St. Mary’s County
Government to quickly notify citizens. It enables the County to
provide mass notification quickly and easily. This service is free to
St. Mary’s County residents and businesses.
How will I
benefit from this service?
This high-speed telephone system enables
the County to contact citizens and to provide critical information,
instructions for actions that should be taken, and\or update information
that citizens should be aware.
What do I have to do to
receive this benefit?
To receive CodeRed and Weather Warning
Calls, you must to register your home, cell phone, or business phone
number in the CodeRed database. If you would like to join the
Weather Warning program make sure to check the Weather Warning Box on
the Registration Form before you submit.
How does it work?
St. Mary's County uses CodeRed to
deliver important messages through a high-speed telephone calling system
to registered phone numbers stored in the CodeRed database. County
staff determines the area of the county that will receive the message
and determines the message content. The system matches telephone
numbers to these areas through the use of Geographical Information
Systems (GIS) mapping technology and the recorded message is delivered
to the phone numbers associated with the specific geographic area of the
What should I do if I receive a CodeRed
Don’t hang up until you hear the whole message (the
message will not be repeated)
What should I do if I don’t
receive a message?
The CodeRed System utilizes GIS mapping
combined with a telephone database to ensure that only the areas of the
community affected receives the notifications. If your address
does not meet the search criteria you may not receive a call -
even if the notification is only a block away.
Will the system work with cell
Yes, if you included your cell phone
number during the sign-up process. Citizens are encourage you to
register your cell phone number.
What is CodeRED used
CodeRed will be used for significant
incidents and events where the timely notification of an affected
population or geographic area is essential.
How Do I Register?
The following information is required to
add a telephone number into the CodeRed database: first and last name;
address (physical address, no P.O. boxes); city; state; Zip Code; and
primary phone number. A primary phone number often a home phone number. An alternate phone number, such as a
cell phone, can also be entered and both the primary and alternate line
will be contacted in the event of an emergency.
For the hearing impaired, the sign up
form offers a TDD ONLY option for tone delivery of CodeRed messages. Messages delivered to phone numbers marked TDD will only be delivered in
a TDD/TTY format.
Residents without Internet access may visit
any of the Counties public libraries to use a computer or call the
Department of Public Safety to give their information over the phone.
Please call 301-475-4200 Option 6 then Option 3.
How Do I Get off the Call
If you would like to be removed from our CodeRed system
please access our Opt Out page.