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El Dorado County residents urged to sign up for emergency alert system

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials urge county residents to sign up for a new emergency notification system.

The sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with CodeRED on Tuesday sent out more than 100,000 automated phone calls to residences and businesses encouraging people to register via the El Dorado County website, The CodeRED notification system will be used only by public safety officials during emergencies to disseminate critical information to people in El Dorado County as part of the Sheriff’s Office’s updated Reverse 911 system.

Residents who do not have computer access are encouraged to contact family or friends for assistance in registering, or call the sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at 530-621-5895. Sheriff’s officials said they were receiving a high volume of calls after sending out the automated phone notifications Tuesday and advised callers to leave a message to receive a return call.

In addition to receiving CodeRED alerts through voice, email and text messages, residents can download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app on the App Store and Google Play. The app will send free push notifications of emergency, community and missing person alerts to mobile subscribers within a warning area. Alerts are initiated by El Dorado County as well as public safety officials throughout North America.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy