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Residents and Business and Property Owners
 
Sarasota County utilizes the CodeRED Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service  - for emergency notifications. 
 
This system allows us to send critical communications to all or targeted areas within the county in case of a situation that requires immediate action.
  • This system is capable of dialing the entire county within minutes.
  • It delivers a recorded message from Sarasota County describing the situation and any instructions for immediate or future action.
The message will play when answered by a live person or an answering machine and makes three attempts to connect to each number.
  • If you opt in for text message and/or email alerts in the CodeRED database, those will also be sent.
Caller ID
The calling number will display 866-419-5000 for emergencies,  855-969-4636 for non-emergencies, and 800-566-9780 for weather warnings. To hear the last message delivered, simply dial the number back.
 
Privacy
Your contact information remains private and will only be used for critical communications.
 
Uses
This system will ONLY be used for PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY and WELLNESS purposes. Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be used:
  • drinking water contamination,
  • extended utility outages,
  • evacuation notice and route,
  • missing person,
  • fires, floods, bomb threat, hostage situation, chemical spill or gas leak, and other incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.
  • The opt-in weather warning service will automatically notify those registered of tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm voice alert warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents and business and property owners in Sarasota County are urged to register their contact information in CodeRED, which may include cell phone and other land-based numbers, so they may receive CodeRED calls and alerts for emergency events. 

 
Hearing-impaired citizens
For those who are hearing-impaired, the sign-up form offers a TDD ONLY option for tone delivery of CodeRED messages. Messages delivered to phone numbers marked TDD will only be delivered in a TDD/TTY format.
 
Citizens without Internet access 
For those without Internet access, computers are available at the Sarasota County Public Library and allow you to access the Sarasota County website to register.
 
If you need assistance with registration or at any time wish to be removed from the CodeRED system, call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or you may send your information by email to contactcenter@scgov.net.