The city is joining the Rave Alert and Smart 911 emergency notification systems that allow two-way text alerts during crisis and emergency situations.
Anybody — residents and non-residents — can enroll in the Rave Alert and Smart 911 by going to the city website and entering the requested information such as cellphone number, address, whether there is an elderly home-bound resident in the home, any residents with special needs, type of utilities used in the home, whether there are pets in the household and different emergency contacts. About 150 people had already signed up as of Wednesday afternoon.
The city began the soft launch of the system last week, said city Communications Officer Tom Shevlin. Fire Chief Brian Dugan will officially introduce the system to the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with full deployment of Rave Alert in October.