Greenfield is encouraging all residents to sign up for “Greenfield Alert”, which will allow them to receive real-time notifications of potentially dangerous situations.
Greenfield Alert is the city’s new notification system which will be used to send alerts to the public involving weather, traffic, and other emergencies.
The system will allow residents to opt-in and received other communications, such as DPW notifications and winter parking bans.
Greenfield Alert replaces the current system used by the city of Greenfield. All users must re-register with Greenfield Alert to continue to receive important messages.
“Greenfield Alert enables authorities to notify the community in real time,” said Robert Strahan, Greenfield’s fire chief, and emergency management director. “This service allows for critical communication with the public and provides individuals with the information needed to stay safe or take precautions during hazardous or emergency situations.”
“Citizens will receive notifications that will improve safety in our city and help inform residents of potentially lifesaving actions they may need to take in an emergency,” said Butch Hawkins Chairman of Greenfield’s The Town of Greenfield is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, a designated Green Community and a recipient of the “Leading by Example” Award Public Safety Commission. “The information sent out by Greenfield Alert though emergency notifications allow both residents and first responders to be better informed in an emergency situation.”
“When authorities have information about a situation, such as a storm or emergency they can be more effective in providing information to the public and appropriate assistance,” said Strahan. “We encourage all members of our community and their families’ sign up for Rave Alert in order to be prepared should an emergency occur.”
The City of Greenfield encourages residents to sign up for Greenfield Alert and input their information and notification preferences today on the secure Smart911 online system.
The city says Greenfield Alert is private and secure and is only used for emergency responses and other important alerts that subscribers choose to receive.
Fred Myers of Greenfield spoke with 22News about the benefits the new town’s alert system could give its residents.
“I think its a very good precaution for the town to have access to that so citizens can avail themselves of that in emergency situations,” said Myers.
The city is asking all residents to register with Greenfield Alert on the city’s website, which can be found here. The alerts are received by email, text or voice message on your cell phone.
Residents can also identify when and how they are alerted, and communicated with before, during and after emergencies. They also have the option to sign up for notifications for “non-emergencies,” like parking bans in snowstorms.
Residents may also sign up to receive emergency notifications by texting Greenfield to 67283 on any cell phone.