Falmouth adds text, e-mail emergency alerts

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FALMOUTH — A text-message notification system is now available for anyone interested in receiving emergency town announcements on their cell-phone. E-mail notifications are also available.

“We’re not going to use this for routine notifications,” Fire and Rescue Chief Howard Rice said. “This is for major stuff. We’ll reserve this for true emergencies.”

Rice said the Falmouth Emergency Management Agency wanted to get the program up and running before Hurricane Earl arrives this weekend.

“If a road is closed or we open the shelter, you’d get a message,” Rice said.

The new program is run through Virtual Town Hall, which also runs the town’s website. Sign-up for texts or e-mails can sign up on the website, at www.town.falmouth.me.us/vsubscriber#.

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