Decatur using new alert system

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 4, 2015
A Decatur, Ga. fire trucks. Source:

A Decatur, Ga. fire trucks. Source:

The City of Decatur has announced it is replacing its CodeRed emergency notification system. It will be replaced with features added to the city’s Smart911 system, according to a press release from the city.

“In addition to providing details about their household to 9-1-1 dispatchers on emergency calls, Smart911 now gives users the option to opt-in to receive emergency and general notifications from the city,” a press release from the city says. “This Smart911 option replaces the CodeRed emergency and weather notifications. Since the City of Decatur is no longer using the CodeRed system, all CodeRed users who wish to continue to receive emergency alerts from the city should create a private and secure Safety Profile at Anyone already registered with a Safety Profile at can simply log into their account to opt-in to the new enhanced features.”

To sign up, click here to visit the Smart911 website and create a profile for your household. You will be asked to provide information that includes names and photos of family members, any health conditions, medications and pets in the home, the press release says. They’ll also ask for vehicle information and a list of emergency contacts.

“All profile information is voluntary and each household can determine what details are important to include,” the press release says. “If a person already has an account, he or she can log in to update preferences and will be prompted to opt-in for emergency and general notifications.”

The press release also says that because Smart911 is a national service, whenever someone dials 911 in a city that uses this service, the safety profile will be provided to dispatchers. It is currently being used in 38 states and 1,000 cities, the press release says.

In the Atlanta area, it’s being used in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, DeKalb County, John’s Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs.

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  • An American Patriot

    Uh, does the NSA, FBI, WH, DOJ, etc. all have access to these data bases? Some more info is needed before I input my data.

    • bluesman101

      Amen to that!

    • todd

      Says It’s only available to local responders in the event of an emergency. All opt-in as well. I’m sure the NSA knows a lot more about me than the fact i am allergic to penicillin. They don’t need me to opt-in to learn anything!

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