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The Blackboard Connect service allows authorized civic leaders to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to telephone numbers and email addresses stored in the notification database.
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Authorized officials record a voice message that is then delivered quickly to individual phones in the notification database. Residents are informed by telephone, e-mail, and/or text when there isan emergency or other important public safety or public health announcement such as severe weather warnings, hazardous road conditions affecting local routes, public health emergenciesand any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of our citizens.
This system supplements existing means of communication and is not a replacement for the systems we have used in the past. The Town emergency fire horn which is activated during an emergency situation will still be available. Residents are encouraged to use other emergency warning systems such as the Massachusetts Alerts app that provides warnings such as tornado warnings that may not be provided through Blackboard Connect.
Blackboard Connect uses the white pages to create a database of those who will receivenotifications.You can sign up to add email, work phonenumber and cell phone numbers andchoose whether you would like text or voice messaging.
Blackboard Connect® is a service of Blackboard Connect Inc. (BCI). BCI takes security and privacy concerns very seriously and does not sell, trade, lease or loan any data about our clients to any third party. We utilize multiple physical and virtual layers of firewalls to maintain data security.
The caller-ID number for calls generated by the Blackboard Connect service will be: 978-369-6136. In addition, every message will begin with the same standard announcement: “Hello, this is______ calling with an important message from the Town of Carlisle.” The message content willfollow this standard introduction.
There are several varieties of call screening devices which use differing protocols for screening.In general, the system has been found to work with these devices, but some may require sometype of pre-programming to allow our town’s telephone number to pass through. We may conductperiodic tests to assure that messages are being delivered to numbers in the notification database.
Should a situation arise that requires us to contact you at multiple phone numbers, we can activatethe system to place a simultaneous call to all of your numbers. In most cases, we will be sendingcalls only to one phone number.
Yes. The area code does not impact whether or not a call is made.
For busy signals, the call will be repeated several times in an attempt to reach you. The same istrue for No-answer and Call-waiting. If the phone is answered by a message recorder, themessage will be left on the answering device. If, after several attempts the call does notsuccessfully go through, the system will stop attempting tocall.
Yes. Please contact us at 978-369-0283 to change the phone number in our notificationdatabase.
Yes, at the end of the message playback, simply press the star (*) key on your telephone to have it repeated in its entirety.
Repeating or looping of messages happens when the system detects excessive noise in thebackground. This can be caused by loud radio/television volumes, people talking, or busy trafficnoise. When you receive the next call, say “hello” once and turn down the volume of yourradio/television or press the mute button on your telephone to allow full message delivery.
If you are receiving these messages and wish to change the number or opt out, please contact the Fire Chief at 978-369-2888 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.