Southampton Town wants residents to sign up for its various emergency alert services via social networks and a national emergency website.
“The recent traffic backup resulting from a lengthy double lane closure on County Road 39, and LIPA’s reminder to begin preparing for the height of hurricane season are both examples of why residents should sign-up for the town’s emergency communication services,” Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said in a recent statement.
A two-car collision July 24 on County Road 39, close to where it meets Sunrise Highway, stopped traffic for more than six hours; the backup stretched for miles in both directions.
To sign up for the national CodeRED site, in which Suffolk County is enrolled, visit the town’s website at southamptontownny.gov, and find the CodeRED link on the right side of the home page. Each person can sign up two phone numbers and an email address. The site can also send messages regarding emergency situations through its iPhone and Android apps.
Those without Internet access can sign up for phone call alerts through the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management at 631-852-4900 during regular business hours, according to the town.
For emergency and other important townwide information, follow the town on its new Twitter page or “like” its Facebook page — both named Southampton Town. Updates during storms and other emergency events also will be posted there, according to town officials.
Above: Southampton Town Hall