2020 fire season preparedness and Shasta County’s “Code Red” Emergency Notification System

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Living in Shasta County means wildfire is a reality we face every year, and wildfire preparedness – including staying informed with Code Red, the county’s Emergency Notification System – is essential, say area public safety officials.

To ensure the area’s residents are as prepared as possible, Redding Fire Department and SHASCOM 911 are partnering to educate and prepare the public for this year’s fire season.


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Officials say part of that process is making sure the public is aware of Code Red and encouraging all who live in the area to sign up for the county’s Emergency Notification System.

“Code Red is a way to stay informed during local emergencies,” Redding Fire Department Deputy Chief Jay Sumerlin and Redding PD / SHASCOM 911 Lieutenant Ron Icely explained in a joint release issued by the two allied agencies today.

SHASCOM 911 contracted with the Emergency Communications Network, LLC to provide the Code Red service to Shasta County in 2015, according to Sumerlin and Icely.

The system allows SHASCOM 911 emergency dispatchers and other public safety personnel to issue time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice mail, email, and text messaging to Shasta County residents regarding anything from evacuation notices to missing person alerts.

“The system proved crucial during the 2018 Carr Fire and has been used extensively by local law enforcement over the years,” said Sumerlin and Icely; who explained, “Although the system has proved to be a tremendous asset to public safety, it is only as good as the telephone number data base that supports the system.”

“It is for this reason that we are encouraging members of the community as well as businesses who have not signed up for Code Red to take a few minutes of their time and enroll,” the two officials explained.

Residents can sign up for Code Red on the web by visiting the Redding Police or Fire Department web pages or the SHASCOM 911 webpage. Those interested can also text the word “SHASTA911” to the number 99411 to receive a mobile link on your phone.

The only information required for registration is your address, cell phone number, and cell phone service provider, and up to four phone numbers can be registered at the same address.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

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