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In the event of an emergency, expect a phone call

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People are used to calling 911 when they have an emergency, but starting next week Dakota County residents can expect the county's emergency dispatch center to return the favor.

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On Sept. 8 the Dakota Communications Center will launch CodeRed, an emergency notification system that can send out telephone, e-mail and text-message notices to warn residents of natural disasters, search-and-rescue operations or any other event dispatchers think the public needs to know about quickly.

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