GREAT BARRINGTON — If an emergency situation arises in town, residents now can get a phone alert from authorities — but only if they sign up.
Great Barrington is the latest Berkshire community to adopt the emergency notification system known as "CodeRED."
"CodeRED gives residents control of how they receive emergency information," Great Barrington Police Chief Walsh said in a prepared release. "Only those who register for notifications will receive them."
The emergency system targets residents where they live for specific alerts. All public phone numbers in town are in the system already. CodeRED downloads that public information when a municipality adopts the system.
But it's up to residents with private landlines and cellphones to register their numbers with the service. Just go to the town's website and click the CodeRed icon, and follow the instructions.
"We encourage everyone in Great Barrington" to sign up, Walsh said.
Residents without home access to the internet can use computers at the Mason and Ramsdell Public Libraries, the Claire Teague Senior Center, and the Town Clerk's Office. Town manager Jennifer Tabakin was "pleased" with the new system, the press release said.
The service is also available for those outside of the town who wish to be informed of emergencies or events in town.
Fire Chief Charles Burger encouraged the community to sign up to help emergency services maximize their return from the notification system.
"CodeRED operates on a person's home address to provide the most up to date information," Burger said in the release. "Please make sure to register your cellphone in conjunction with your home or business and verify your address when signing up."