No Brooklyn Emergency Notifications?
We're actually pointing this out in partly in jest, but only partly. The city has started a pilot "Notify NYC" effort for which one can sign up to get text messages, emails or calls from city government with emergency messages. (The press releases went out yesterday, and many papers, including the Times, have stories this morning.) We're not sure we want a text message from Mayor Bloomberg that a storm surge is about to drown us, but even if we did, Brooklyn isn't included in the program. Here's the basic info:
Notify NYC is a new service designed to enhance the delivery of emergency information to the public. During the pilot phase, the City will test different kinds of public messaging, including email, text messaging and telephone, to determine the best way to launch a citywide program. There are currently four communities involved in the pilot.The areas are Lower Manhattan, the Northeast Bronx, the Rockaways and Staten Island. You can read more and sign up here, but that's about it, if you live in Brooklyn, for now. We're sure they'll toss us in there after the pilot.