Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Atlantic County Updates Its Emergency Notification System; Sign-up Today!

Atlantic County has recently updated its Emergency Notification System and is now using CodeRED to deliver messages within minutes to residents, businesses and registered participants in the event of an emergency or time-sensitive issue. 
Information can be sent to targeted areas or throughout the county. 

The system includes all landline phones in the Verizon database. Cell and VoIP (voice over Internet protocols) numbers must be individually registered. Those who previously registered do NOT need to do so again.
However, if you are unsure if your number is registered, or if you have changed your number or moved within the last year, you are urged to re-register by accessing the county websites, or, and click on the CodeRED link. 

The county will conduct a “test call” during the week of January 27, 2014. Those who receive the call do NOT need to reply. Calls will be delivered to residents with landline phone numbers and those who are otherwise currently registered. 

Anyone who wishes to add, delete or update their contact information will be able to do so online.

 CodeRED allows geographically-based delivery. Street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. Each phone number, including cell phones, must have an associated street addresses to provide relevant messages. 

All collected data is kept strictly confidential and may only be used in the event of an emergency.

" This service is not only for Atlantic County citizens. Many people own second homes here and they are also advised to register to receive emergency alerts about issues that may impact their properties," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.

 "Emergency alerts have become an essential tool for emergeny management and law enforcement,” said Vince Jones, Atlantic County Emergency Management Coordinator.

The service is free. Registrants may select the method(s) in which messages are delivered, by phone, text, and/or email. If delivery to the primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically try another mode. 

If you receive a message and would like to hear it again, simply dial the number displayed on your Caller ID.  

Incoming alerts will be displayed as "Emergency Communications Network" or by 1-866-419-5000.

Registrants may also choose to receive severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The automated messages warn those in the path of severe weather, including thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods. 

Incoming weather alerts will also be displayed as "Emergency Communications Network" or by 1-800-566-9780.

"Citizens should save one or both of these numbers in their cell phones for easy recognition," advised Jones.

 Another important feature is the CodeRED mobile app that can help keep citizens informed regardless of where they are. 

The system is "Geo-Aware" so it can be utilized by visitors traveling through the area. There are currently more than 50 million citizens within the CodeRED service areas. The mobile app can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play.

 "We strongly encourage the public to take advantage of this service. It could mean the difference in saving lives and properties when time is so critical," concluded Levinson.


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