From the Worcester Telegram: Worcester, Mass., has launched an electronic notification system to alert residents about emergencies and other critical community news.

ALERTWorcester can notify signed-up residents about severe weather, unexpected road closures, utility problems, parking bans, fall leaf pick-ups, power outages, evacuations and other items of importance.

The time-sensitive messages can be sent to computers and home, business, and cell phones via e-mails, phone calls or texts.

The program is funded by a one-year grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read the entire article here.