New Emergency Notification Service to Give Westborough Discount
The town plans to use Code Red.
Westborough will save about $2,500 on a new emergency notification system because Northborough and Southborough plan to use the same product, Town Manager Jim Malloy says.
Code Red will be available to the three communities for a discounted price, $8,500, “and that will be the price going into the future,” Malloy told selectmen recently.
Last month, Malloy told selectmen that he budgeted about $11,000 to provide "the same, but better" emergency notification service as Reverse 911 when that ends in July.
Another benefit from using Code Red is “then every community abutting us, and Westborough, would all be on the same system,” Malloy told selectmen this past week.
Selectmen Vice Chairman Ian Johnson said Code Red was originally presented to selectmen as “similar to the ConnectEd system that’s successfully been used by the school system”
He noted he had questioned whether Westborough “could leverage what the schools already had, so we didn’t have to spend money for this.”
Johnson said he has since spoken with Malloy about ConnectEd, and “while it’s owned by the same company, the packages are very different.”
“My questions were satisfactorily answered,” Johnson said.