Stay Informed

How do I stay informed about important things happening in Town?
The Town uses a variety of mediums to keep residents informed - Town website, email alerts, social media, blue lights, electronic signage on roadways and Reverse 911 (Code Red) phone calls.

Tiered system for communicating with residents:

I.  Special Events and News: Subscribe to the MBTS News Updates list here to receive an email notification about special Town events and non-emergency news happening in Manchester.

II. Time Sensitive Information and Emergency Alerts: Subscribe to the MBTS Alerts list here. The Town uses this to notify residents via email or text about time sensitive issues such as: weather emergencies, water main breaks, beach closures, power outages, public health emergencies and a weekly Town Hall update called The Tide. This alert is also posted to the home page of the website and shared on social media.

 III. Extreme Emergencies: We use Smart911 (or reverse 911) system in extreme emergencies, therefore please make sure you and your family are registered. Sign up here to ensure you receive these calls. 

Social Media Platforms: Follow us on Facebook @TownofMBTSOfficial, Instagram @TownofMBTS, Twitter @TownofMBTS and YouTube @manchester-by-the-sea.

Meeting Participation: Most public meetings are conducted as a hybrid which gives residents the choice of participating in-person or via Zoom. Recordings for elected board meetings and special forums are archived on the Town website in the Agenda Center and on the Town's YouTube Account. You can also subscribe to receive agendas for any committee or board here

Blue Lights: Blue emergency lights are placed at select intersections throughout Town. These lights are turned on during extreme weather emergencies (ie. snow storms). When the blue lights are on, on-street parking is not permitted to allowed for DPW to safely clear roadways. 

Blue Lights are located at the following intersections:
* Police Station
* Pleasant St. at Pine St.
* Pleasant St. at School St. 
* Bridge St. at Harbor St. 

Questions about Town communications can be directed to Tiffany Marletta, Communications Coordinator for the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea at