RI EMA, Bristol launching quick alerts system ahead of 4th

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is starting to use a rapid emergency notification system to deliver critical alerts. Wednesday, they’re launching the system in conjunction with the town of Bristol, just ahead of the town’s Independence Day celebrations on the 4th of July.

The system, known as CodeRED, targets people by address. It is an automated phone call and digital notification system that when you sign up, the city or town will alert you by phone call, text message or even email, when safety risks or other important issues arise.

The service is free to the public, but if you register for text message services, fees may apply depending on your wireless carrier or cell phone plan.

“The CodeRED system will provide us with the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire state, depending on the severity and extent of an emergency or disaster,” said Peter Gaynor, the RIEMA director.

In Bristol, CodeRED will be used to support the historic parade this coming weekend, by sending out parade-related notifications to people in the area.

The town and the EMA will officially launch the system at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Bristol Fire Department.

To register for free, go to http://www.riema.ri.gov and click on the CodeRED logo at the bottom of the page. If you are already registered for CodeRED through a different community, you do not have to re-register with the State.

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