Q: How will I be notified in the event of a community emergency?
A: The City of Pittsfield has contracted with a national organization, CodeRED, that provides high-speed notifications to all residents in case of an emergency. Phone, text and email messages can be sent to thousands of citizens in minutes, targeting specific areas of Pittsfield or the entire city. City-wide calls are only activated in the event of a serious weather or other emergency. Targeted messages can let residents in a neighborhood know of missing children, road closures, hydrant flushing, mosquito spraying and other news that is specific to them. All residents with public phone numbers will be called in the event of a serious emergency, but residents can opt out of receiving non-emergency calls that are specific to their neighborhood. CodeRED has already downloaded publicly-available Pittsfield phone numbers. Residents have the option of adding their cellphones to the database and their email addresses so that they can control how they receive important emergency information. Pittsfield residents who would like to add cell phone numbers or email addresses to the CodeRED system can do so by going to either the City of Pittsfield website at www.cityofpittsfield.org, or the Pittsfield Police Department’s website at www.pittsfieldpd.org.