Officials are encouraging residents to register at least one phone number with the town’s reverse-911 emergency notification system.
The service, which was implemented several years ago, allows the town to notify residents of emergencies or other important messages via automated telephone calls; it was recently used to alert residents of a flood-relief program being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
But the system cannot track cellphone or Internet-based telephone numbers, and the town is asking residents who did not receive the FEMA message to provide a contact phone number. They can be registered online through the municipal website, www.town.arlington.ma.us.
— Brock Parker