Gill to use a Code Red alert system 

Recorder Staff
Published: 3/21/2017 11:03:30 PM

GILL — If there’s a major car crash on Route 2, a missing child in town, or an emergency situation, residents and businesses in Gill will soon be one text message or phone call away from notification.

Town officials in Gill have begun implementation of a Code Red system, which will allow the town to send out emergency notifications to help alert the town when something happens.

Gill Director of Emergency Management Gene Beaubien said the town was a part of a similar system when the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was in operation, and since the plant was decommissioned, they’ve wanted a similar system of their own.

The town is now asking all residents and business in Gill to visit town website, and register with the program to receive alerts. Some people may already be enrolled because the town used the data from the previous system when setting this up, but everyone is asked to check and update their information.

Ray Purington, administrative assistant, said that the system will cost the town $1,500 a year, but does not cost individual residents anything to enroll.

The system also allows for email or text alerts if the person chooses those options. The town will be using the system for a wide array of different situations.

“The Town anticipates using the system to notify residents and businesses town-wide or in specific geographic locations of road closures, detours, flooding, and other emergency conditions,” a press release from the town said. “The system will also be used to provide important general notices such as holiday- and weather-related changes to the trash & recycling collection schedule.”

Beaubien said that the Vermont Yankee system was from the same manufacturer, and it was an easy choice to go with them again.

“There are other ones out there but we’ve had this one before and it seemed to work well so we decided to keep it,” he said.

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