Tribal Council encourages membership to sign up for emergency alert system

The CodeRED emergency notification service, lets you receive voice or text updates on your cell phone or voice-over-Internet phone alerting you when situations occur in your community.
Register through the Durango website at www.durangogov. org/codered.
Register through the La Plata County portal at www. co.laplata.co.us/emergency.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

Tribal member health and safety is among the top concerns for the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. One of Chairman Sage’s priorities is to increase tribal member communication, including law enforcement and emergency situations. “It is important to keep the tribal membership informed of emergencies, especially those that affect the tribal campus and local area,” stated Chairman Christine Sage.

Recent law enforcement events have highlighted a greater need for emergency communication within our community. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe would like to utilize a free, national, high-speed emergency notification solution called CodeRED. The Emergency Telephone Service Association of La Plata County (“ETSA”) provides CodeRED.  The CodeRED system will be utilized in the event of emergencies or critical community alerts. The Southern Ute Tribal Council encourages all tribal members and tribal employees to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive immediate notifications. Upon opening the app, you will be able to select the types of alerts and the radius of which alerts those alerts are administered. Tribal members can also register by going to www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency or www.durangogov.org/codered.

The Southern Ute Police Department also encourages tribal members and employees to register cell phones with the CodeRED system to receive emergency notifications when Reverse 911 and CodeRED are activated.  Current landlines are automatically registered for Reverse 911, however cell phone users must complete registration prior to receiving alerts. You must register with your phone and physical address. As emergencies arise, the Southern Ute Police Communications Center and/or the Durango-La Plata Emergency Communications Center will send out an alert to registered users. If you are traveling, you will still receive the notification if an incident is taking place near your registered address and within the notification radius.

In the event of an emergency, the Southern Ute Police Department will activate a CodeRED alert, informing the membership of emergencies by sending an alert. If you travel outside of the Southern Ute Reservation, the app will also update to your new location, making you aware of any emergencies around your new destination.

For more information on the CodeRED system, please contact the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Executive Office at 970.563.0100.

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