From the Backshop – New Fishers system gets the word out


Fishers residents, the town very much has your back on public-safety issues and weather alerts. We commend town officials on the development of and deployment of CodeRED, the high-speed notification solution that will provide Fishers officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire community in emergency situations. Should those situations arise, the town will be prepared to

make a phone call, send an e-mail and send a text message to alert subscribers of important information. (A test call was made July 10.)

In order for you to benefit from the service, you must register. It’s strictly voluntary, but we urge you to do so at; follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page. We cannot imagine anyone not wanting to be alerted. Should you not have Internet access, you may call the town at 595-3111 Monday through Friday, (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to supply information. The town states that required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, ZIP code and primary phone number; additional phone numbers may be provided, too.

Town officials said they believe all businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. Town Manager Scott Fadness stated, “CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones, too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.” (We applaud this move, and we believe other communities in our midst should examine and then launch the service.) Please, make participation a priority.