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CruzAware Replaces CodeRED Alert System

CodeRED, the County’s community alert and warning system has been upgraded with new features and rebranded as CruzAware. The system provides information during emergency and non-emergency situations, including roadwork and neighborhood-level disruptions. 

Users can select how they receive information whether via phone calls, texts, and/or email. 

“We are excited to introduce CruzAware as the next generation of our community alert and warning system,” said David Reid, director of the Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience. “With CruzAware, we are not only ensuring the safety and security of our residents during emergencies but also keeping them informed about various non-emergency events that may impact their daily lives.”

While existing CodeRED users will be automatically enrolled in CruzAware, residents should confirm their contact information at 

“Signing up for emergency notifications through CruzAware is crucial for every resident,” said Stephanie French, Operations Manager for Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1. “During emergencies, seconds matter, and being promptly informed can make all the difference in ensuring personal safety and the well-being of our community.”

CruzAware’s Key Features

Comprehensive emergency alerts: Receive critical information during natural disasters, severe weather events, public safety concerns, and other emergencies.

Non-emergency messaging: Stay informed about roadwork, community-level impacts, public meetings, and other important updates affecting your area.

Customizable communication channels: Choose to receive alerts via text messages, phone calls, email, or the CruzAware mobile app to ensure notifications reach you wherever you are.

Enhanced accuracy and precision: Benefit from advanced geolocation technology that delivers targeted alerts based on your specific location, minimizing unnecessary disruptions.

Multilingual support: Access alerts and messages in multiple languages to accommodate the diverse needs of our community.

Residents can sign up or update their registration at

Unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County include the San Lorenzo Valley, Lompico, Zayante, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Live Oak, Pleasure Point, Skyline, Soquel, Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Corralitos, La Selva Beach, and other areas outside of the county’s four city boundaries. 

(Featured image via County of Santa Cruz)

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One Thought to “CruzAware Replaces CodeRED Alert System”

  1. Bruce

    When the person from the Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience spoke at the highland park meeting a month or two ago, they didn’t describe this move as an upgrade with new features. It was described as abandoning CodeRed and going with a different package. Conversations at that meeting included many stories of CodeRED notification problems.

    Hopefully the new system will work better than CodeRED, although all new systems have issues that need to be worked thru.

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