FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Freeholder Mildred S. Scott
Chairperson, Law and Public Safety Committee
Middlesex County Offering Residents New Emergency Alert Program
AUGUST 3, 2010 -- Middlesex County residents are encouraged to sign up for Middlesex County Alert, an emergency notification system sponsored by the County.
Residents who register will receive emergency notification via mobile texts or e-mail or both. The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management will send emergency messages as needed, but messaging will be restricted to conditions when the public needs important information immediately, such as during hurricane or tornado warnings or large-scale public safety emergencies.
There is no charge to Middlesex County for this service. Anyone – including people who do not live in Middlesex County -- can register as a user and sign up for the Middlesex County Alert user group. E-mail alerts are free to users. Standard text messaging rates apply for text alerts.
“I encourage all our residents and anyone who works or may have loved ones here in the County to register for Middlesex County Alert,” said Freeholder Mildred S. Scott, chair of the County’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “The system gives us a fast, effective way to communicate critical information to a massive number of people in times of emergency. It’s a tool that can save lives.”
To register, users must create an account at the Middlesex County Alert Web site: https://unitedalert.com/?grphome&gid=middlesex.
Once there, users can decide how they wish to receive their notifications, input mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses and join other alert groups.
All Middlesex County emergency notifications will be sent free of charge via e-mail: Users do not have to subscribe to the premium service offered on the United Alert Web site to receive e-mail alerts from the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.
Middlesex County Alert is one user group on the United Alert network, founded in 2006 by a New Jersey homeland security and information technology professional. In January 2007, United Alert, LLC made its service available via the NJ Alert system at no cost to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) and State Police Office of Emergency Management as their contribution to the safety and security of their home state.
United Alert is now a free service to all Homeland Security departments, police departments, schools, government, and first responders in the United States.
Middlesex County is the first County in the State of New Jersey to link into the United Alert system and offer it to residents.
“Middlesex County has completed a number of projects to ensure reliable, efficient communications between our law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “Middlesex County Alert is taking our communication efforts one step further, ensuring that our public receives accurate, timely information in emergency situations. It truly is a service that will help us help our residents.”
Additional information is available at unitedalert.com.