Staying alert in Westborough

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Cartoon/Ed Turner

Westborough – Social media is a great way to communicate urgent information in an emergency – as long as you are a fan of the particular pages. But sometimes, municipal officials need to contact as many people as soon as possible.

In Westborough, residents and businesses can sign up for CodeRED®, the town-wide emergency communication system. All they have to do is text WESTBOROUGHFIRE to 99411 and follow the instructions.

The system will distribute emergency messages to targeted areas or the entire town at using a mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls coupled with a high speed telephone calling system.

To sign up, text WESTBOROUGHFIRE to 99411 and follow the instructions or visit https://www.town.westborough.ma.us/fire-department/pages/codered-emergency-alert-system.