The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office has a new system called CodeRed to help send out emergency alerts via voicemail, text messages, and emails.
The Sheriff's Office says it contracted with Emergency Communications Network based in Florida for the high-speed notification system.
Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says, "We will use it in matters concerning an active shooter, missing person, manhunt, search for information regarding serious crimes, etc. I have no desire to bombard the community with notifications and I assure you that we will not abuse the system."
A resident or business can add their phone number to the system on the department's website: www.lenoircountysheriff.com. There you will find the link for the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. We've provided a link below.
You can also call the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office CodeRED Hotline to add their name and phone numbers to the system at 252-559-6100 EXT. 6139.
Sheriff Hill says CodeRED allows for geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a specific location. The system will notify cell phones too, but it must be associated with a street address to provide relevant messages.