PLAINVILLE — Police Chief Matthew Catania unveiled a new mass notification system to alert residents in case of an emergency.
“This gives us the power to reach out to many thousands of people in one shot,” said Catania, who presented the CodeRED system to the Town Council on Monday.
The software allows residents to sign up for alerts by text, email or phone call.
In a situation involving schools, a location where parents can pick up students can be designated. Particular neighborhoods can be isolated for alerts.
Catania said the software is much more versatile than the previous system, which only allowed the police department to send notifications.
CodeRED allows more departments to send out notifications and can be used for non-emergency situations.
"This will be used for serious issues,” Catania said. “We don’t want to overuse this.”
Those interested in subscribing to the alerts can visit the town website, where a link will be added to the homepage this week. The police department will also be visiting the senior center and library to present the software and assist residents in signing up.