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Bronxville Officials Urges: Sign up for E Alerts

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Village Board Trustee William Barton began a campaign at Monday night’s board meeting to get the word out to residents about the village’s emergency alert system.

“I was surprised to find that so many residents I spoke to had no idea we have an alert system,” Barton said. “I am looking for ways to bring it to the attention of our residents.”

Barton’s idea won the support of Police Chief Christopher Satriale.

“I met with a group of residents tonight and less than half of them knew about the notification system,” Satriale said.

Residents can go to the village website http://villageofbronxville.com/sub1b.htm and easily find the e alert notification tab. It takes just a few moments to fill out your email address and your cell phone.

“One of the best things about it, is that if you lose power, a text message will be sent right to your phone,” Barton said.

Satriale said the system is important because it lets residents know about things as they are happening.

“Our residents have an opportunity to get information in real time,” Satriale said. “Criminal matters, weather issues or any issue that impacts public safety will be known right away.”

Many residents lost the contents of their basements during Tropical Storm Irene, according to Mayor Mary Marvin. Also, she said several families had to be rescued from their homes by the Eastchester Fire Department.

The mayor said leaving flyers at the library or maybe adding a notice to mail the village sends out will help get the word out.

“We are going to find a way to let as many people as possible know about this,” Barton said. “We already have a couple of ideas which we will follow through on.”

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