The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 13, 2010

Town to test new emergency notification system

If you are in the phone book expect a “test call” in late August or early September from Carlisle’s Emergency Notification System. That was the message to the public at the July 27 Selectmen’s meeting. When the system goes on-line it is proposed that Town Administrator Tim Goddard, Fire Chief David Flannery, Police Chief John Sullivan and Health Agent Linda Fantasia be designated Tier 1 Users – authorized to initiate an emergency notification.

Chief Flannery said that Fantasia had secured a grant for half of the start-up cost and that, through Blackboard, Inc. (, at an annual cost of about $3,000, an unlimited number of messages can be delivered to telephones, cell phones and via email. Goddard said, “We must be careful that we don’t overdo it.” A protocol will be developed for a “chain of command” to initiate messages and details will be given on the town web site and in a future Mosquito article. Included will be directions on how to opt-out of the telephone system and how to opt-in to receive messages to cell phones or email. ∆

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