The Villages Voice - July 2013

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Emergency Notification Systems Lake - Sumter - Marion Counties

by Staff

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS

In last month’s “Voice,” we printed an article on CodeRED, the emergency notification system for Sumter County. 

This generated many phone calls and emails.   So here are some facts about Sumter County’s CodeRED and also emergency systems available to Villagers in Lake and Marion counties.

Sumter County – CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a reverse 9-1-1 type system for emergency notifications.  This system allows the Sumter County Sheriff’s Dept. to telephone all or targeted areas of the County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. 

For more information, or to sign up for CodeRED, go to the Sumter County Sheriff’s website www.sumtercountysheriff.org .  Chick on “home page,” and click on the CodeRED logo.  This will bring up information and the sign-up form.

Lake County – Lake County calls their emergency notification system AlertLake.  This system allows residents to receive emergency information by telephone, cell phone or e-mail for things such as severe weather, missing persons, hazardous materials spills, law enforcement advisories and wildfires. 

According to the AlertLake website, current landline telephone users (listed and unlisted) are already registered.  Residents that use cellular and VoIP phones are encouraged to register for AlertLake.  To register, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword search “AlertLake.”  Residents can register multiple cellular phone numbers and email addresses, and can manage and update their own information as needed. 

The AlertLake website also stated that if one does not wish to be contacted for public safety emergency notifications and want to “opt-out” of AlertLake, please contact the emergency management office at 352-343-9420 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marion County – Marion County also uses CodeRED designation for the emergency notification system.  This is a free service for personal phones and businesses that uses a reverse 9-1-1 type system.  According to the Marion County Sheriff’s website, CodeRED can call your home and/or cell phone anytime day or night to alert you to approaching severe weather.  Of course, the system is also used to send out other emergency information. 

People with unlisted numbers can enter their information by going to the Marion County Sheriff’s website at www.marionso.com  and clicking on CodeRED in the middle of the page.  More details about this program are available by calling Emergency Management at 352-369-8100.

The emergency notification systems are valuable services that aid us in staying informed of conditions in our area.  

We appreciate the governments of Lake, Sumter and Marion counties for providing this service.