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Painesville switches to new emergency notification system

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The new 911Cellular system provides city officials the ability to expedite messages to targeted areas or the entire city. (Source: 911Cellular) The new 911Cellular system provides city officials the ability to expedite messages to targeted areas or the entire city. (Source: 911Cellular)
PAINESVILLE, OH -

The city of Painesville's new 911Cellular system will be utilized to update residents on emergency situations and their status. Residents and businesses who were previously registered with the CodeRED system need to reregister with the new 911Cellular system.

City Manager, Anthony Carson, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone
number database supporting them.

"If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," said Carson.

The switch to the new 911Cellular system will continue to give individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database. A registration alert will be sent through the former CodeRED system reminding residents and businesses to reregister with 911Cellular as soon as possible.

The city contracted with 911Cellular LLC to license its emergency high-speed notification solution. The
new 911Cellular system provides city officials the ability to expedite messages to targeted areas
or the entire city of Painesville.

Upcoming new features will enhance communications, while providing individuals the ability to communicate directly with the city utilizing their smart phones and modern technology. Highlights of a few new features, once instituted, include the ability for residents to report concerns, provide pictures of an area of concern, and have their concerns addressed in a timely manner.

"No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included," Carson said, urging all individuals and businesses to log on to Painesville's website, and click on the new 911Cellular icon to enroll.

Those without Internet access may call Painesville's Police Department at 440-392-5840, Monday through Friday, 8-5, to supply required information over the phone, including name, address, and contact information.

All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, especially those who use a cell phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. All information will only be used for notification purposes. 911Cellular does not share any information with third parties.

While the primary purpose of the new 911Cellular is timely notification of residents during emergency situations, those enrolled will be able to receive general notifications, as well.

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