Incoming message: Residents can sign up for emergency alerts
Port Jefferson officials want to get the word out that residents can sign up to receive local emergency information on their phones and computers.
The Code Red system lets the village send messages to users with a call or a text to a mobile phone, a call to a landline or an email.
Suffolk County has used Code Red for a handful of years, and according to a previous presentation from Florida-based Emergency Communications Network LLC, the village can share community contact information with the county to broaden its database of users — but it still cannot reach Port Jefferson residents who are not among the thousands signed up for Suffolk alerts.
The village is encouraging local residents to sign up for the free notification service, so the public service agencies in the area can reach them in the event of a weather event like a hurricane or a snowstorm, or to inform people about road closures or other emergency information.
A link to sign up for Code Red is on the village’s website, at www.portjeff.com.
According to Dave Williams, the Port Jefferson Fire Department chief and a village deputy fire marshal who is also tasked with improving the village’s response to emergencies, the alerts could target a specific group of people with its messages, such as village employees.
“I think it’s a fantastic safety feature for everyone,” Williams said during the July presentation on the Code Red system.
Other local municipalities use the system, including the Town of Huntington and the Village of Amityville.