September is National Preparedness Month. In light of that fact, Norwalk is encouraging residents to ensure they are enrolled to receive critical emergency messages from the city's CodeRED system.
City officials send out CodeRED alerts related to any potential storm activity, evacuations and shelter locations -- "making it an essential preparedness tool to stay safe," a press release said.
Notifications are provided at no cost for all Norwalk residents.
“We need to be able to reach our community in case of an emergency. Be proactive and make sure we have your contact information in the CodeRED database so you can keep yourself, your family and your property protected in case of a real emergency,” Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said in the release.
Those who have already enrolled to receive CodeRED alerts, but have recently moved or changed telephone numbers, are encouraged to visit the city's website at www.norwalkct.org and click on the "Emergency Notification" link to update their contact information.
During enrollment, citizens may decide whether they would also like to receive general alerts in addition to emergency alerts and how they would like to receive them.
Citizens are encouraged to save the telephone number 866-419-5000 in their telephone’s contacts to easily identify when a CodeRED emergency alert is being delivered.
“Our number one priority has always been to keep our citizens safe. The only way to do that is to get them better prepared and the best way to be prepared is to be informed using the CodeRED system,” McCarthy said.
Citizens are also encouraged to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive free location-specific emergency, general and missing person notifications sent by public safety officials as they travel to other CodeRED communities that represent all 50 states and Canada. Visit iTunes or Google Play to download the app.
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