Bourne Adopts New Emergency Notification System

BOURNE –All alerts and notification to the Town of Bourne Emergency Management Office will now be provided by the Smart911 platform.

Available to all residents, BourneAlerts replaces CodeRED notifications and is free to the public.

The switch was made on August 14 and currently the system has over 12,000 phone numbers.

“If something bad were to happen and we have a need to notify everyone in town, we can notify 12,000 telephone numbers in town now,” said Bourne Emergency Management Director Charles Noyes.

The new service will keep residents and travelers informed on potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic and other emergencies.

BourneAlerts also allows the town to better send critical information to residents and provide them with the information needed to stay safe or take precautions during hazardous or emergency situations.

Residents can go online at smart911.com to sign up for the new service for free.

“All of the service agencies within the town, everyone’s exploring what they want to do and how they can do it and we’re still in the learning process to do it, but rest assured if something bad were to happen tonight and we need to get a phone call out, that would be able to happen,” said Noyes.

Alerts can be sent through email, text or voice messages on a cellphone and people can choose when alerts are received before, during and after an emergency.

The self-registration program can also allow a relative or friend to act as someone’s proxy.

Alerts would go that friend or relative as well as notices that something needed to be changed or updated in the person’s account information.

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