“We give a description … and a brief narrative of what happened and let everyone know to just be on the lookout, stay safe and be vigilant,” he said.
Kettering is one of several area communities that use the Code Red system as part of the Miami Valley Communications Council. Other communities include Centerville, Germantown, Kettering, Monroe, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro, Washington Twp., West Carrollton, Lockland and Silverton.
Residents of these communities are encouraged by authorities to enroll for the alerts. A list of local communities using the alerts and links to their sign-up pages is available on the MVCC website. Residents in Huber Heights can sign up on the city website.
In addition to the Code Red system, communities use other systems such as Hyper-Reach and Everbridge. Examples of notifications are a boil advisory, chemical spill, escaped prisoner, missing person, evacuation and inclement weather.
In 2012, as use of the Code Red and similar systems became prevalent, the Dayton Daily News found the average annual cost to counties for such programs was $22,490. The newspaper found much of the cost was paid by grants and fees collected by municipalities with access to the systems.
NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell contributed reporting.