BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston have announced an upgrade to the city's emergency notification system that allows for alerts to be communicated in four languages.

Mayor Marty Walsh and the city's Office of Emergency Management released a statement Monday highlighting the new features of AlertBoston, which can now display information in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.

Additionally, the changes will allow subscribers to receive AlertBoston messages via phone, text or email.

Walsh said the improvements to the system reflect the city's commitment to ensuring that residents receive important information in a format and language that's accessible to them.

A new "tailored messaging" system was also unveiled. It was designed to send notifications of severe weather, parking pans and street closures only to those in affected areas.