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County to switch from CodeRED to Everbridge next year

Stutsman County, along with Barnes and Richland counties, will switch from the emergency notification CodeRED network to a similar network offered through a company called Everbridge.

The Stutsman County Commission unanimously approved a request Tuesday from Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager and 911 coordinator, to spend $2,600, the county's share of $8,000 to train Bergquist and his counterparts in Barnes and Richland counties in the new mass communications system. Bergquist said three counties, which share a 911 communications system, almost went with Everbridge five years ago when the counties decided to use CodeRED for a mass communications system.

CodeRED notifies anyone who signs up with Stutsman, Barnes or Richland counties of emergency events, like severe weather storms. Bergquist said CodeRED has worked, but is not a "user friendly" system and the company has provided no improvements to the software in five years.

"State Radio already uses Everbridge, 23 counties already use it," he said.

Bergquist said the county's contract with CodeRED runs out in February and that is when the switch will take place.

In other business, the commission tabled a decision until next month on how much money the county will provide for a cleanup project for the James River. Chairman Mark Klose said Commissioner Dennis Ova is looking into sources of funding to pay the county's $70,000 share of an about $300,000 project. The city of Jamestown has already committed to covering its share of the project.

Chris Olson

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