When a hungry bear began traveling among a residential neighborhood in the Kensington area in August, police instantly took advantage of the town's ability to use the state Everbridge system to notify residents surrounding the Griswold School.
But residents that have made the change to a mobile phone as their primary means of contact - a practice that has become more common in recent years - may not have gotten the message.
The town is encouraging resident to consider adding their cell phone number to the reverse notification system, allowing the town to reach out instantly in the event of an emergency.
“We absolutely encourage residents to register for this service,” Berlin Police Lt. Ciuci told the Berlin Citizen. “We actually sent emergency storm messages out in the past and some residents said ‘how come I didn’t get the message?’ and a lot of times it’s because they don’t have a landline or they have a voice over Internet protocol.”
The system not only provides statewide information, but Berlin is contracted with the state for use in local emergencies and need-to-know situations, such as the Aug. 18 bear incident.
To sign up for the system, enter your cell information or email at www.ct.gov/ctalert or by visiting the Berlin Police Department website.
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