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Arlington puts call out for phone numbers

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 26, 2010 09:19 AM

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Officials are encouraging residents to register at least one phone number with the town’s reverse-911 emergency notification system.

The service, which was implemented several years ago, allows the town to notify residents of emergencies or other important messages via automated telephone calls; it was recently used to alert residents of a flood-relief program being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

But the system cannot track cellphone or Internet-based telephone numbers, and the town is asking residents who did not receive the FEMA message to provide a contact phone number. They can be registered online through the municipal website, www.town.arlington.ma.us.

— Brock Parker

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