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Harvard implements new emergency system

The city of Harvard has implemented a high-speed emergency mass notification known as CodeRED that will alert residents of weather emergencies, police activity and missing children notices, according to a news release from the Harvard Police Department.

The system will send telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents of threats to their life or property.

CodeRED, which is provided by Florida-based OnSolve LLC, was selected for its reliability, accuracy and widespread adoption rates across the state, according to the release.

“CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide the city of Harvard officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our citizens during emergencies,” the release said. “We are eager to use this innovative technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans.”

Harvard area residents should visit cityofharvard.org or Harvard’s Facebook page and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information – including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses – into the system.

“No one should automatically assume they are in the emergency contact database,” the release said.

Harvard recently fell victim to outdated alert systems.

Earlier this year, Harvard’s early warning system for tornados was compromised multiple times by an unknown hacker. Because an upgrade was generously estimated to cost six figures, the city had announced they would seek to decommission the roughly 80-year-old system.

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