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YCSO will test emergency alert system Wednesday

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PRESCOTT - Expect a call from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.

According to spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, the Sheriff's Office will test its emergency notification system, also known as CodeRED, starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 and continuing until contact has been attempted with all phone numbers in the database.

"These calls will give Yavapai Sheriff Communication's personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community-wide disaster," D'Evelyn said.

The message also will direct recipients to the Sheriff's Office website at www.ycsoaz.gov and the "Emergency Notification System" link in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page. The emergency notification system page allows Yavapai County residents to submit additional notification numbers.

Also in the Wednesday test message, the Sheriff's Office will ask recipients to pass along information about the notification system to friends, family and neighbors.

"Please consider signing up or adding contact information before the test notifications so you can be assured the system is able to reach you," D'Evelyn said.

"All individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include landline and cellphones, as well as email and text addresses," Sheriff Scott Mascher said. "If your contact information is not in the database, you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent."

The Sheriff's Office also encourages registering:

• Businesses numbers.

• Unlisted phone numbers.

• Numbers that have recently changed.

• Cellphone numbers.

• Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, phone numbers, for services such as Vonage, Oomla and MagicJack.

D'Evelyn said all information in the system is kept strictly confidential.

He pointed out another advantage to getting alerts on mobile devices and alternate phone numbers: If there is a fire, flood, or other emergency incident near your home while you're away, the notification allows you to contact neighbors or friends in the area to check on your property, remove valuables, or even rescue animals if necessary.

The county's notification system is geographically based. Calls can be configured to go to just a certain neighborhood, so street addresses are required. Users can select notification preferences. CodeRED apps are available for smartphones and tablets running Android or Apple iOS.

Residents without Internet access can call 928-771-3260 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.