A July 24 car accident on County Road 39 that caused a 6-hour traffic delay has prompted Southampton Town officials to urge residents to sign up for town emergency alerts through a high-speed notification network, called CodeRed.
“In emergency situations, or when major disruptions like traffic back-ups occur, lack of information can be very frustrating and even dangerous," said Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.
However, she said that by signing up for the town's emergency service, residents are providing a way for the town to reach out directly with important and time-sensitive information.
"The recent traffic back-up resulting from a lengthy double lane closure on County Road 39, and LIPA’s reminder to begin preparing for the height of hurricane season are both examples of why residents should sign-up for the Town’s emergency communication services," she said.
“CodeRed is limited to emergency situations, but Twitter and Facebook will allow us to send updates when there are detours or closures due to road work, accidents or special events,” Throne-Holst said.
To sign up log onto a secure server through the town’s website and provide up-to-date contact information. Those without Internet access may call the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management’s Customer Service Center at 631-852-4900 to supply their information over the phone.
to inform residents about county-wide emergencies.