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High-tech alert system on call

November 27, 2011
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The town’s Office of Emergency Management has installed a new, high-speed alert system to contact residents during situations that require quick action. The CodeRED automated communication service, according to Brian Kemp, the office’s director, can call up to 600 phone numbers per minute, and provide a recorded message to the town’s 3,500 households within 6 minutes. Among the scenarios in which Kemp envisions CodeRED coming into play are emergencies related to weather, municipal water, fire, flooding, or chemical or gas spills; road closures; utility outages; and missing-person situations. The calls can also be narrowly targeted, down to a single street. The operating cost of the system is $5,000 per year, Kemp said. Residents must enroll in the system to receive the alerts. To register for the system or for more information, contact Kemp at 508-529-3421 or bkemp@upton.ma.us, or visit the town website, www.upton.ma.us. - James O’Brien

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