A new communication tool is helping Old Lyme stay in touch with homeowners and others.
An alert notification system has been set up, letting people know about public safety issues via their home phones, cell phones and email.
Many communities have incorporated the statewide Everbridge system, especially after Super Storm Sandy.
In Old Lyme, residents can sign up for the program either online or fill out a form at town hall.
Old Saybrook has had a similar voice alert in place for years.
"We need to let them know what's going on. We need to let them know how we're dealing with it. We need to let them know to prepare ahead of time,” said Bonnie Reemsynder, Old Lyme’s first selectman.
During Super Storm Sandy, Old Saybrook was able to alert certain neighborhoods to evacuate.
"It gives us an opportunity to reach everybody with the same message. One voice, one message during a crisis is paramount,” said Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera.
"We can text people, we can call them on their cell phones we can call them on their home phone, we can e-mail them so there are a lot of ways we can communicate with them,” Reemsynder said.
The Old Lyme school system has been using the alert notification as well.
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