If the text message system is a success, it could be sharpened to include addresses, so that residents of neighborhoods could be informed of smaller problems like an isolated water main break.
Hughes said that the emergency system is just one way Clifton Park is striving to make Town Hall a 24/7 resource for residents.
"It's all about leveraging the power of technology. You find ways to make things more seamless, more ubiquitous," he said.
Free registration for the system can be completed at www.cliftonpark.org/townhall. While there is no cost to register, the receipt of text messages may be subject to fees, depending on one's service plan.