By SAMANTHA PIDDE

Mount Carroll residents are reminded that the city's CodeRED alert system will officially launch this Thursday, July 11.

The CodeRED notification system allows participating communities to send out messages informing citizens of a wide selection of emergency situations as well as upcoming community events. This system will be available to anyone with a 61053 zip code.

The CodeRED system will "grab" every public phone number in the 61503 zip code. This Thursday, July 11, Police Chief Fred Cass will send out an "all call" notification through CodeRED. Anyone receiving the message who does not want to be a part of the system can "opt out."

Those wanting to opt out or who need assistance setting up a CodeRED account may call City Hall at 815-244-4424. The city plans to have an extra person at City Hall Thursday and Friday, July 11-12, to help answer phones and provide assistance.

The city's website — https://www.mtcarrollil.org — has a link to the CodeRED sign-up page. The entire process takes only a few minutes, Chief Cass said, and people can list several methods of contact, including landline phones, cell phones and email.

Those signing up can list multiple phone numbers and emails and can choose to receive calls, text messages or both. Participant can select what type of alerts they want to receive — emergency, general or both.

CodeRED messages will have the caller ID numbers of 866-419-5000 for emergencies and 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. It is suggested that people put both numbers in their phones' contact information, under CodeRED.

CodeRED also offers a free mobile application for Android and iPhone devices. Based on a phone's geo-location, the app allows individuals to receive alerts as they travel through other CodeRED communities. The app can be downloaded via Google Play, the App Store or a QR code.