Burlington County Authorities are urging residents to register with the Department of Public Safety’s CivicReady Emergency Alert system to receive real-time alerts and notifications of severe weather, fires, power outages, floods, roadblocks and other emergencies.
“When emergencies arise, it’s important that our residents receive important information in a timely manner, and the CivicReady system helps ensure this,” said Berlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell in a statement. “Residents can choose how to receive alerts via text, email or voicemail, along with which municipalities they want to receive information about or about them. It is a free service that is reserved exclusively for emergency messages and up-to-date information related to public safety. ”
The Burlington County Emergency Management Office is a major user of the system along with the Burlington County Public Safety Control Center, the Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, Information Technology and Administration.
The service was also extended to all 40 municipalities for local emergency notifications. So far, more than half of the county towns have decided to do so along with the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst joint base, the statement said.
“By extending this service for free to municipalities, we are helping to protect public safety and save money for cities and their taxpayers because they no longer need to rely on other fee-based alert systems,” O’Connell said. in the statement. “It’s a great shared service that ensures the safety of residents and saves money, so we encourage municipalities and their residents to use it.”
Beverly, Edgewater Park, Delanco, Mansfield and Mount Holly began using the new system this year. Other cities in Burlington County that use the county’s CivicReady system for alerts are Bordentown, Mount Laurel, Delran, Florence, Palmyra, Wrightstown, Maple Shade, Willingborough, Southampton, Newburne, Hurnarm and Pemberton. .
“We are thrilled to be involved so far and have heard from several additional cities that are interested in joining and using it,” O’Connell said in a statement. “By signing up, residents can be aware of dangers and emergencies so they can respond appropriately.”
To subscribe to CivicReady alerts, visit http://co.burlington.nj.us/210/Emergency-Notification-Systems and fill out the registration form, which will request the address and preferred method of communication. Residents can receive notifications by home or mobile phone, text message or email. The address is used to tailor alerts, so residents don’t get ones that don’t belong to their geographic region. Residents can also request alerts for specific cities.
Alerts are provided free of charge, but standard rates for text messaging may apply.
The system is used to warn of emergencies as well as non-emergency incidents that can have a significant impact on residents, including transport problems with prolonged exposure or significant ongoing police or fire activities.