ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams in joining in the CodeRED action to alert residents of emergency situations.
CodeRED allows notifications to be sent swiftly over landline phones and cell phones, and by text and email. Residents can choose how they wish to be notified in emergency and general communication situations in addition to a phone number.
Donald Poirot, Chief of Police in Adams, spoke of the benefits of the system.
"This is a great way for us to get important information out to the general public in an immediate way," said Poirot. "From severe weather warnings to simple neighborhood detours and everything in between, it's going to plug us in a lot more interactively with residents around town."
The Mother Town is the latest community to contract with Emergency Communications Network LLC, one of the largest emergency notification providers in the country. Pittsfield and North Adams have already instituted the system. CodeRED also offers an app that will alert cell phones within 10 miles of a notification in any town using the system.
The CodeRED system provides Adams officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire town.
Town Administrator Jonathan Butler cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.
"If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," he said. "No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,"
One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is that it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database, which is an extremely important feature, he said.
Butler is urging individuals and businesses to follow the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" link on the town's website to sign up.
Those without internet access may call Town Hall at 413-743-8300, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 4) to supply their information over the phone.
Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
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