Emergency Notification System
NOTE: The City of Oberlin will be phasing out the CodeRED emergency notifications by December 31, 2017. The City will be utilizing the Lorain County Emergency Notification System know as WENS. The WENS system will be used exclusively beginning January 1, 2018. To register for the WENS emergency notification and public alerts, please click here
The City of Oberlin keeps residents and businesses informed of emergencies and other time-sensitive information through CodeRED, a high-speed emergency notification solution provided by Emergency Communications Network. The City uses CodeRED to quickly and effectively keep the community informed of time sensitive information that may impact the entire city, or specific neighborhoods. To see how the CodeRED system works, click here.
Oberlin will use the CodeRED system to keep you informed of emergency information that may impact your safety by sending you telephone calls, text messages and emails. Messages may regard evacuations, police activity, missing children, boil water notices or other information that you are asked to take immediate action or precautions for.
Please note: If you are unsure of whether your contact information is in the emergency database, or you have recently moved or changed your telephone number, it is important to visit the enrollment page above to add or update your information. Do not assume you are automatically enrolled to receive notifications.
Signing up is as easy as 1-2-3.
- Step 1: Visit the City of Oberlin CodeRED community enrollment page
- Step 2: Enter your contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses.
- Step 3: Save the Caller ID’s below to your phone’s contacts so you can easily recognize the call is from the City of Oberlin
Should I Register?
All individuals and businesses that have:
• Unlisted phone numbers
• Changed their phone number or address since November 1, 2013
• Use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary phone
WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED? Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers like cell and TDD/TTY devices may be entered as well. You will need to indicate your cell phone carrier and if you would like to receive text messages. Your information will only be used to send emergency and general notifications that your local officials deem appropriate. Click here when you are ready to enroll or access the CodeRED Enrollment Guide, or our CodeRED FAQs for more information.
Encourage friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors to enroll in this important service.
CALLER ID? You will know the call is from the City of Oberlin when you see the following Caller IDs. Please make sure to add these telephone numbers to your phone’s contacts.
866-419-5000 for a CODE RED Emergency Message
855-969-4636 for a CODE RED General Message
If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT CodeRED. Please urge your friends and family to enroll in the database by telling them about CodeRED and sharing a link on your social network pages like Facebook and Twitter.
WHAT IF I NEED ASSISTANCE IN REGISTERING? If you wish to submit a written request, please complete the CodeRED® Authorization form and mail/drop off at City Hall or the Oberlin fire station. Provide all required information, submit to City Hall or the Fire Department, and we will ensure that you are entered into the notification system.
Additionally, a person or business that does NOT wish to be included in the Community Notification System may request that their information be removed from the system by complete the DO NOT CALL form
Do you have a smartphone? Make sure to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive free emergency, general and missing person notifications from City of Oberlin public safety officials directly on your smartphone. As you travel to other communities that also use the CodeRED service and there is an active warning that affects your current location, the app will also notify you. (NOTE: Mobile App is not required to obtain notification services within the City of Oberlin.)
About Emergency Communications Network
Emergency Communications Network Inc. (ECN) provides affordable high-speed notification solutions capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring CodeRED® which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text.