With all of the buzz about texting, the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board is working with all the 911 Districts in the State to get ready for the next generation 911. The concept of the next generation 911 equipment includes receiving text messages, images, emails and voice. Make sure you dial 911 for emergencies!
The Bristol Tennessee 911 and seven other 911 Districts in East Tennessee have jointly purchased the newest next generation 911 equipment. The Districts purchased two main controllers that they will share. By having two controllers, the eight East Tennessee District are providing a 911 system with built in redundancy at 1/8th of the cost to each District. This is a huge cost savings and provides an even better 911 system for the area residents.
Washington County, Johnson County, Unicoi County, Carter County, Sullivan County, Greene County and Kingsport, Tennessee are part of this new system. Bristol Tennessee 911 expects to go live on the new equipment in July 2014. None of the Centers will be able to accept photos or texts until possibly 2016.
CODERED Emergency Notification System
Previously we used a system called Deltalert. The Deltalert-Emergency Notification System was recently purchased by CODERED. We have changed our reverse emergency notification system to the CODERED effective April 19, 2013.
The CODERED alert system is active in Bristol, Tennessee. This system is used for all types of emergency notifications to include suspicious activity in your area, an urgent be on the lookout message, a hazardous material/air quality warning, water outage or contamination, a missing endangered child, adult, or urgent weather, is now being utilized to send warning notifications for residents and businesses in Bristol, Tennessee.
As it relates to severe weather, the CODERED system, in conjunction with the Outdoor Warning System, shall be activated for any tornado warning issued from the National Weather Service that includes Bristol, Tennessee, or when there is confirmed sighting in Sullivan County, which may affect the Bristol, Tennessee area. The system will not be activated solely based on severe storm warnings or unverifiable information.
If you wish to register your telephone numbers, including your cell phone numbers, with this system to receive emergency and/or general messages. Please click the link above. Once you register, the system will determine if it is a duplicate and will retain the most current registration only. If you are a Bristol, Tennessee resident and wish to OPT out contact Virginia Smelser.
When you register with CODERED, please enter the numbers displayed after your registration is complete in your cell phone. By adding CODERED numbers in your cell phone, when you receive a call, your phone will tell you it is CODERED calling and whether it is an emergency or general message.