Sheriff’s office renews agreements with communities for CodeRED program

The Washington County Board of Commissioners authorized the sheriff’s office to enter into 31 joint powers agreements with communities throughout the county to provide CodeRED service, the mass emergency notification system the county uses.

The board authorized the agreements Feb. 3.

Washington County has a contract with Emergency Communications Network for the use of the CodeRED Emergency Notification System.

The program costs Washington County $35,437.50 each year, which pays for 150,000 minutes of use. Through these agreements, each city or township of Washington County will use the minutes to communicate with its citizens. Each city or township will pay a fee for the minutes based on its population, which will total $18,717.36 for the year.

The board also authorized staff at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater to use the system to communicate with its staff in a timely fashion during emergencies and non-emergency situations. The hospital pays the county $400 a year to use the service.


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