Fire Chief Ken Clark, Hopkinton’s Emergency Management Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their phone numbers into the system's database.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Chief Clark said, urging all individuals and businesses to register. Those without Internet access may call the Hopkinton Fire Department at (508)-435-0555, Monday through Friday, (8AM – 3:30PM) to supply their information over the phone; or fax your information to (508)435-0554. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.
Chief Clark explained, "CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."
Although the voice messages provided through the system are a fast and effective way to provide notice. We encourage you to also complete the e-mail option to provide additional notification.