UPDATE: City officials are postponing the CodeRED test call to Friday because Wednesday conflicts with the Yom Kippur observance.

Tuesday September 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The city's new emergency alert system is getting a test run Wednesday and is scheduled to be up and running the same day, according to the Pittsfield Police.

City residents and businesses will be receiving a test call Wednesday at about 9 a.m. to ensure the CodeRED system is functioning effectively.

The test call will be a recorded message from Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn explaining the new system. The message will also provide information on how to add cell phones and email addresses to the system.

"Once the system is in place, phone, text and email messages can be sent to thousands of citizens in minutes, targeting specific areas of Pittsfield or the entire city," Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi said in a press release.

The system, an initiative by the City of Pittsfield and the police and fire departments, is being put in place to enhance communication and safety, city officials said.

For those residents who don't have land lines, they may sign up to receive alerts through their email, cell phones or via texts. Those people with unlisted phone numbers must also sign up if they want to receive the emergency calls.

To register cell phones or to find out more information about CodeRED, visit either the City of Pittsfield's website at