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Following Traffic Snarl, Town Urges Sign-Ups for Emergency Alerts

Residents can sign up for CodeRed on Southampton Town's website.

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.

The town plans on using its new Twitter and Facebook accounts - its first tweet was posted in mid-July, and the Facebook page published its first post on July 27.

“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.

free wheeling August 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Code Red -- another empty,cosmetic buzzword for this dimwitted Town Board & ATH to hide behind and pretend something is being dealt with or remediated. Remember the "Citizen's Response" idiocy. The real problem on CTY Rd 39 is the traffic buildup and INCREASING HEAVY TRUCK TRAFFIC which this Town Board refuses to consider as they push for zone changes for their developer friends and donors to allow MORE HEAVY TRAFFIC ON CTY RD 39. This is why the proposed mega King Kullen & strip mall should have been thrown out years ago. But the developer persists and why shouldn't he with malleable morons such as this Supvr and Town Board. Sushi and suicidal traffic; their "vision" for the future.
Faustina August 04, 2012 at 02:56 PM
What do you expect from a twit? She has taken her lead from F. Thiele's playbook -- greet every disaster with a "sincere" press release. Hill Street in Southampton Village and all the streets going from 39 to it are the new High way. Look for accidents and gridlock there.
Andrea August 04, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It is called Southampton Patch so no they are not going to post world events. Are you serious with your comments on this site?
Mary Beth August 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Don't feel bad, christie, you've earned it.
Laura August 05, 2012 at 08:45 AM
I am wondering when they are going to clean up the rest of the fluids and soaked speedy dry, its only been over a week. maybe we can just wait until it all washes into Cold Spring Harbor. God help us if they ever need to evacuate the hamptons, we are all doomed

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