Friday September 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Police are calling Friday morning's test of a new citywide emergency notification system a success and say that it is now operational.

After three rounds of test calls from the CodeRED system, close to 66 percent of the 21,050 phone numbers on file in the system successfully connected, according to Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mullin.

The system will continue to attempt to connect to phones that have not yet responded, he said.

According to Mullin, many of the calls that didn't connect were not answered and others were fax machines.

The system will continue to be updated and phone numbers validated.

Anyone who didn't receive a call should go to www.pittsfieldpd.org or call (413) 499-9322 to sign up for the notification service.

For those residents who don't have land lines, they may sign up to receive alerts through their email, cell phones or texts. People with unlisted phone numbers must also sign up for the service.