Emergency Notification System is a way for the Town of Great Barrington to make announcements to townspeople by way of telephone. There are several messages that may be sent to you. Street closures, water issues, meetings and other general informational topics may utilize the system. In an emergency, the system is set up to call all of the numbers you have listed with the Town, along with any email addresses you have registered in the system.
The Town's telephone alert system works by detecting a voice when you answer the phone. After you pick up the phone and say hello, there may be a second or two of 'dead air'. The system will wait after you answer in order to determine if there is an answering machine on the line. The message will start after that.
If you wish, the system can send an email message to you. It can also call your cell phone or VOIP type telephone (through your television or computer if you have that service). It can also register you for ‘emergency only’ types of calls if you wish.
The important thing to know is that you must register the other means of contact with the Town; the system only has access to regular listed landline telephone numbers. It cannot get VOIP or cell phone numbers, nor can it determine email addresses. Those must be manually entered into the system.
If you would like to change or add your information into the system, please email through the link below with the contact numbers and email addresses and your instructions..
If you have any questions about the alert system, please drop us an email or call the Emergency Management Director, Chief William Walsh at 413-528-0306 and we will be happy to answer them.