On Thursday, Brookfield Village Manager Riccardo Ginex announced that a new reverse 911 system – CodeRED – went live, giving the village the ability to deliver emergency messages to residents and businesses throughout the village or in targeted areas of Brookfield.

While the system includes a database of local phone numbers that will automatically get emergency messages sent out by the village, Ginex said that residents and business owners should visit the village’s website at www.brookfieldil.gov and then click on the CodeRED registration link on the right hand side of the home page.

Residents without Internet access can register over the phone by calling village hall at 485-7344, ext. 1 during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The village is asking all business owners to register their phones, as well as those with unlisted numbers or who use a cellphone or VoIP phone line for their primary numbers.

CodeRED can send messages in multiple formats, including voicemail, email and text message.

The village plans on using the system to notify residents and businesses of time-sensitive weather and other public safety issues.

“CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation,” said Ginex in a press release. “CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.”

– Bob Uphues