Rudy's twice-a-day messages return

First Selectman Rudy Marconi is back to calling-all-Ridgefielders — a routine that became familiar during and after last year’s August tropical storm and October snow storm.

Most land-lines within Ridgefield’s borders should automatically receive the messages, but for cell phones, residents have to sign up at to receive calls, texts, emails — even faxes.

Mr. Marconi plans to make updates twice a day around noon and “dinner time.”

The CTAlert system is an emergency notification system that allows municipalities to contact everyone in town — over 11,000 contacts, or people in specific areas.

Besides being use extensively during last year’s storms, it has also been used to send alerts about missing people.

The system is strictly monitored and is only allowed to be used for specific public safety issues. It falls under the Police Department’s purview, and every single call has to be documented and justified in a report.

People can sign up to receive updates about a number of different areas, even if they don’t live there. For instance, someone might want to be aware of alerts that affect their parents’ home.

The Web-based system is much quicker than Ridgefield’s former system, which ran on regular land-lines that took hours to call everyone in town.

“In situations like these, time is of the essence,” said Fire Chief Heather Burford, who was on the state committee to implement the system, after last year’s October storm.


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