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A reasonable price to pay

The implementation of the CodeRED Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System for the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is a benefit to all citizens and a welcome technology with potential life-saving capabilities.

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CodeRED serves as an emergency notification system to record, send and track personalized voice, email, text and social media messages to citizens and staff members.

It can be used to alert residents for a myriad of reasons: severe weather and storms, hazardous materials spills, coordinating emergency response, alarming a neighborhood of threats to name a few.

As a recent example, the July 2 storm in Beltrami County put many people’s lives in jeopardy. While there were no serious injuries, CodeRED technology would give emergency personnel another tool to protect citizens by allowing for advance warning.

CodeRED also allows government personnel to pinpoint a specific geographic area or a wide region, depending on the nature of the emergency.

The annual cost – at less than $17,000 – is a reasonable price to pay for the most advanced emergency notification system available. It also makes the work of dispatchers, who have a stressful and difficult job, easier by saving them time.

Soon information will be available for citizens to sign up their devices – notably cell phones – to receive notifications, making it the easiest way to reach thousands of people instantaneously.

Somber anniversary

It’s been 10 years this week since the tragic plane crash that claimed the life of Paul Wellstone and seven others, including members of the senator’s family.

Wellstone’s grassroots approach and passion for helping people continues to serve as an inspiration for reform and justice. His legacy remains strong within people’s memories and the organization carrying his name has visited all 50 states to train 55,000 candidates, campaign staff and community organizers in the late senator’s unique style.

More than two dozen buildings and programs are named after Wellstone.

Regardless of political influence, the late senator provided a model for public service and connecting with constituents.

World vision

Blackduck student Morgan Jung provides a great example for those who view the world as one large community.

The high school senior, one of 30 U.S. students who spent July in Cambodia interacting with the youth and learning about life there, sought out the opportunity through the American Youth Leadership Program.

After spending time in Costa Rica with the Girl Scouts two years ago, Jung wanted to expand her exposure to the world and discovered AYLP. The trip gave Jung a greater appreciation of life elsewhere – a world vision she could bring home to share with our area.

It also reinforces the importance of seeking out opportunities to learn and embracing a global perspective.

The implementation of the CodeRED Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System for the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is a benefit to all citizens and a welcome technology with potential life-saving capabilities.

CodeRED serves as an emergency notification system to record, send and track personalized voice, email, text and social media messages to citizens and staff members.

It can be used to alert residents for a myriad of reasons: severe weather and storms, hazardous materials spills, coordinating emergency response, alarming a neighborhood of threats to name a few.

As a recent example, the July 2 storm in Beltrami County put many people’s lives in jeopardy. While there were no serious injuries, CodeRED technology would give emergency personnel another tool to protect citizens by allowing for advance warning.

CodeRED also allows government personnel to pinpoint a specific geographic area or a wide region, depending on the nature of the emergency.

The annual cost – at less than $17,000 – is a reasonable price to pay for the most advanced emergency notification system available. It also makes the work of dispatchers, who have a stressful and difficult job, easier by saving them time.

Soon information will be available for citizens to sign up their devices – notably cell phones – to receive notifications, making it the easiest way to reach thousands of people instantaneously.

Somber anniversary

It’s been 10 years this week since the tragic plane crash that claimed the life of Paul Wellstone and seven others, including members of the senator’s family.

Wellstone’s grassroots approach and passion for helping people continues to serve as an inspiration for reform and justice. His legacy remains strong within people’s memories and the organization carrying his name has visited all 50 states to train 55,000 candidates, campaign staff and community organizers in the late senator’s unique style.

More than two dozen buildings and programs are named after Wellstone.

Regardless of political influence, the late senator provided a model for public service and connecting with constituents.

World vision

Blackduck student Morgan Jung provides a great example for those who view the world as one large community.

The high school senior, one of 30 U.S. students who spent July in Cambodia interacting with the youth and learning about life there, sought out the opportunity through the American Youth Leadership Program.

After spending time in Costa Rica with the Girl Scouts two years ago, Jung wanted to expand her exposure to the world and discovered AYLP. The trip gave Jung a greater appreciation of life elsewhere – a world vision she could bring home to share with our area.

It also reinforces the importance of seeking out opportunities to learn and embracing a global perspective.

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