Residents encouraged to sign up for emergency notification system

Fairfield-codered

Fairfield residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRed, the town’s emergency notification system. Shown, from left, are Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy, First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

Members of the Fairfield community — residents, businesses and organizations— are reminded to sign up for CodeRED to receive emergency-related or other important notifications from the town.

“CodeRed has given us the ability to reach the entire town, a portion of town or a singular neighborhood with important information in a fast and efficient way,” Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. “However, we cannot inform you if we can’t reach you, and we can’t reach you if you don’t sign up.”

The town has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license this high-speed phone notification system to provide Fairfield officials with the ability to quickly deliver phone messages to targeted areas or to the entire town. Notifications may include information or updates on storms, missing persons, oil spills, road paving or closings, or health-related issues.

Residents are also encouraged to download the CodeRED app, now available for both Android and iPhone. CodeRED will alert people if they travel into an area where an alert has been launched.

Community members who are not in this system may visit fairfieldct.org/codered to input their information into the town’s emergency notification database. In addition, those already in the database who want to update their information may also go to the above web address.

Those with unlisted phone numbers or who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, or who use a cellular phone or VIP phone as their primary number should register or re-register.

Individuals without access to a computer may call the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4830. Individuals who are not in this system will not receive a call from the town. Information inputted into the system is used by the town only for emergency notifications.

“Given the numerous storms our town has endured, CodeRED has been a very important and successful method to quickly and efficiently disseminate information to our community,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. “Keeping our citizens informed in a timely manner is crucial.”

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