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Posted August 02, 2012 in Community Featured, Perry

Did you know that you can receive an email alert or a cell phone text message when your library books or DVDs are due in three days?

The notification message gives you enough time to call the library to renew your materials or bring them back. If you would like to set up your account so that you can start receiving these notifications, the next time you are in the library simply ask to set up an email or text notification for your library account. You must have a texting plan in place or message and data rates may apply to your cell phone bill for each text message received. These types of notifications are easy to set up and are meant to help you avoid fines for overdue materials.

City notifications
The City of Perry has just adopted a similar cell phone text alert notification system for Perry citizens. You can be among the first to know about closings of city buildings such as when the library closed due to no air conditioning in early July; route changes due to water, sewer or street repair; special events and programs in Perry; and general information concerning our city. To join the City of Perry’s cell phone text notification system, text H484 to phone number 36000.

Along these same lines, Dallas County has an emergency communications system set up to enable local government officials to send phone text messages to thousands of citizens in minutes in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices and missing child reports.   CodeRED’s user base has grown to include institutions of higher education and utility companies.

You can join this emergency communications network by going online to the Dallas County website: On that homepage, rest the curser on “Departments and Services” and a drop-down menu will appear.  Slowly move the cursor down the drop-down menu to “Emergency Management.” Another menu will appear with CodeRED on it.  Click on CodeRED and you will be taken to a new window. Click on the CodeRED graphic and then you can sign up to be notified for Dallas County emergencies. Again, you must have a phone texting plan in place or message and data rates may apply to your phone bill for each text message received.

Cell phone texting alerts and email alerts are useful and can be applied in many different situations. These notifications are designed to help you ranging from reminding you when your library books are due, to when your street will be torn up, to when you should boil your water, or when to be on the lookout for a missing child.

Perry Public Library
101 Willis Ave.
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Friday:10a.m.- 6p.m.

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