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St. Johns Code Red system integral part of search for missing boy

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Updated: 9/19/2012 6:50 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Neighbors near Linda Lake Lane, spent their morning searching for missing 2-year-old Jet Gonzales. 

"The faster we can get people out and to search, the chances are a lot better," says neighbor Betty Meares. 

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office used the emergency code red system. Sgt. Chuck Mulligan says, "The system is very effective. This morning we reached out to 500 homes in a matter of 35 or 40 seconds."

The sheriff's office has used the system for the past five years. Officers say it helps notify people of a wide range of emergencies. "It's critically important. If a hurricane is coming to St. Johns County, our emergency management office can utilize the system. If there's an issue in the city of St. Augustine, the police department has a code to access the system," says Mulligan. 

And in cases like Jet's, it sends a message out to anyone who is available to help. "The citizens who were all there in their neighborhood came out their front doors and started looking. It was tremendous and we love to see that type of inter-community cooperation," says Mulligan. 

Neighbor Yale McNeill says, "If a neighborhood can get together and find a kid or anybody with quick response or anything that makes a big difference."

Even if you don't have a landline phone, you can sign up with your cell phone or email. It's as easy as going onto the sheriff's office website and clicking on the Code Red link. 
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