2014-04-24 / News

Town has new emergency notification system

Residents who receive emergency messages to their mobile phones and email will now have a different company providing the service.

After vetting the options, Police Chief Ed Mello has decided to switch from the Everbridge system to Code Red, a high-speed notification service provided by Emergency Communication Network of Florida.

According to Mello, the switch to the new system is largely due to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency contracting with Code Red. It will allow the state and town to share information so the system can notify users of emergencies on both the local and state level, he said.

The Code Red system will serve as the backbone to Jamestown’s emergency planning for both residents and town personnel. The service utilizes phone calls, emails, text messages and social media to inform users in the event of an emergency. Mello anticipates using the system to notify residents of storms, floods and fires. The system can also be used to alert users for emergencies that aren’t natural disasters, such as missing children and contaminated drinking water.

According to Mello, the new system will save the town about $900 over the next three years.

All data was imported between the services, so residents who were already enrolled in Everbridge are in the Code Red system. Jamestowners not enrolled can sign up at the police department’s website by clicking on the “Emergency Management” tab on the left side. Active users can also visit the webpage to update their information or enroll additional contact information.

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