The system will allow users to get up-to-the-moment notifications on their mobile devices about major traffic incidents, road construction projects, weather incidents -- and public safety notifications.
ACHD shares the CodeRED system with Ada County, which means this one application also will allow users also to receive public safety alerts unrelated to the roadways.
District officials emphasized that the system only will be used for substantive notifications involving roadway events, fast-evolving incidents or project-related detours and news.
"We could have used CodeRED last winter to beef up our outreach," said Paul Woods, ACHD president. "A user could have received a notice about icy conditions from the National Weather Service, alerts from police about incidents and updates from ACHD about plowing."
Geographical targeting ensures that users will only see notifications about events or incidents that apply to them, depending on the topic being communicated.
The CodeRED app is a free download on the App Store and Google Play and will allow residents and out-of-town visitors to receive no-charge emergency and community alerts via push notifications directly to their iPhone and Android devices.
The mobile app is an extension of the existing CodeRED system, and users who have signed up will continue to receive voice calls, texts and emails if they have chosen those notifications. (Ada County urged residents to sign up during the Boise River floods of spring 2017.) The mobile app can keep users informed while on the go and away from their computers and home phones.
Residents are encouraged to download the app to begin receiving notifications. The app is available for no charge from the App Store and Google Play; simply search CodeRED and download the "CodeRED Mobile Alert" option, which should top the list of available apps.