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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Cumberland County communities and public safety to begin CodeRED campaign


Cumberland County, ME – Cumberland County communities and their Public Safety agencies are embarking on a campaign to urge citizens to enter their cell phone information into our Emergency Alert system, CodeRED.

Many businesses, groups and communities will be sending out the CodeRED information included to Cumberland County citizens during the last two weeks of July.

“It is my hope to schedule meetings with media outlets toward the end of July to help spread the word of the importance of registering with CodeRED,” said Cumberland County Regional Communications Center director Bill Holmes.

For more information, please contact Cumberland County Regional Communications Center Director Bill Holmes at 207-893-2810 or   


CodeRED logo

Cumberland County Public Safety agencies are working with stakeholders across the county in an attempt to increase the number of people who sign up or download CodeRED onto their cell phones. CodeRED is the emergency alert system used by each of the Public Safety agencies in Cumberland County to notify our citizens of emergencies in the area such as severe weather alerts, evacuation notices, missing persons and dangerous situations. 

Some of the stakeholders who have already committed to encouraging their families, clients and employees to take this preparedness action include Gorham Police and Fire, Cumberland County Emergency Management, Town of Scarborough, City of Westbrook, Maine CDC, Sappi, Town of Windham Police and Fire, American Legion #148, Bridgton Police, Cumberland Police and many other local public safety agencies as well as several school administrators. 

In tandem, the City of Portland is conducting the same effort to get citizens and businesses alike to sign up with CodeRED. Stakeholders include Portland Emergency Management Agency, United Way of Greater Portland, West End Neighborhood, Portland Convention and Visitor Bureau, Portland Housing Authority and the Portland Downtown District. There are many other stakeholders in the process of signing up with CodeRED.

An estimated total of 80,000 citizens are expected to receive this message and take action to register their cell number with CodeRED. For more information about CodeRED and how to participate in this effort please contact:

Bill Holmes, Cumberland County Emergency Communications Director -

Caity Hager, Portland Emergency Management -

Sara Varela, America’s Preparathon -




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