PEPPERELL -- Now is the time to ensure you are enrolled to receive critical CodeRed emergency messages from Pepperell during September's National Preparedness Month.

Notifications are provided at no cost for all Pepperell residents and business owners. Pepperell officials will send out CodeRed alerts related to any potential storm activity, evacuations and shelter locations making it an essential preparedness tool to stay safe.

Those who have already enrolled to receive CodeRed alerts but have recently moved or changed telephone numbers are encouraged to visit the Pepperell website at www.town.pepperell.ma.us and click on the CodeRed logo to update their contact information.

"We need to be able to reach our community in case of an emergency," said Pepperell communications director Frank Quattrochi. "Be proactive and make sure we have your contact information in the CodeRed database, so you can keep yourself, your family and your property protected in case of a real emergency."

During enrollment, citizens may customize if they would also like to receive general alerts in addition to emergency alerts, and how they would like to receive them. Citizens are encouraged to save the telephone number 866-419-5000 in their telephone's contacts to easily identify when a CodeRed emergency alert is being delivered.

Those without Internet access may call Pepperell's Communications Department at 978-433-2737, any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to subscribe to receive CodeRed messages by supplying their information over the phone.

"Sometimes it takes a nationally recognized campaign like National Preparedness Month to get the word out about CodeRed," Quattrochi said. "Our number one priority has always been to keep our citizens safe. The only way to do that is to get them prepared, and the best way to be prepared is to be informed using the CodeRed system."

Citizens are also encouraged to download the CodeRed Mobile Alert app to receive free location-specific emergency, general and missing person notifications sent by public safety officials as they travel to other CodeRed communities that represent all 50 states and Canada.

Visit ITunes or Google Play to download the app.