Fishers makes emergency alert notification system accessible to improve safety

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FISHERS – The Town of Fishers has signed up for CodeRED, an emergency alert notification system that will keep local citizens and business people aware of any public safety or weather emergencies. Once the person is signed up, they will receive a phone call, text message or email depending on the nature of the emergency.

“Everyone has their phones on them so it would be nice. It would be something I’d want,” said Andy Stearns, a Fishers father to young boys.

“Just to let me know that something is coming, take shelter, it’s awesome,” said Sylwia Alam, an area mother to two.

After 1 p.m.. on Wednesday, the first message was sent to people who had signed up in the form of a phone call as a test.

“The quicker we get the information out to them, the quicker they can respond, and the safer they’ll be,” said Tom Weger with the Fishers Police Department.

A small group of people with the town including the fire department and the police department will be in control of the system. Messages will be sent regarding active crime scenes, severe weather, missing people and other public safety emergencies.

“The bank robbery we had a couple of weeks ago would be a perfect example of that. When we have a suspect that we’re looking for, we can notify those people very quickly to help us by using their eyes and ears or lock their doors,” said Weger.

Fishers residents who sign up are given two phone numbers that they can plug into their phones. One number is used for more general information and the other is for the emergency notifications.

“I’m always learning what’s going on with my friends and family because of the phone so I think it’s a great idea,” said Alam.

Fishers residents can log onto the Town’s website then follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page. Those without internet can sign up over the phone by calling 317-595-1111 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Required information includes first and last name, street address, email and primary phone number.

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