Woodbridge Expands Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification Program To Include Cell Phones

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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John McCormac

The most important task we have in municipal government is to make sure that every Woodbridge Township resident has timely and accurate information before, during, and after emergency situations. As we have seen over the past couple of months, the threat of a disastrous storm, a winter snow alert, or other emergency-related information is something we must plan for as far in advance as possible.

As part of our emergency management safety plan, the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Information Technology are expanding the township-wide “Reverse 9-1-1” emergency communications telephone alert system – a program where we contact residents with important emergency-related information.

Currently, cellular or voice over IP (VolP) phone numbers are not in the Woodbridge Township “Reverse 9-1-1” database. While most township residents with “land-line” or “home” telephone numbers are listed in the Emergency Management database and receive timely emergency information, a growing number of residents rely primarily on a cellular phone. We want to make certain that if there is an emergency, cell phone users get information ASAP… and reaching residents on their cell phone is simply the best way to provide timely and perhaps life-saving information.

If you would like to be contacted on your cell phone, VolP phone, or TTY/TDD system, you must register your phone number with the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management. Please note that the service being offered is for Woodbridge Township residences and businesses only.

For more information on how you can register your cell phone with the Reverse 9-1-1 telephone alert program, or obtain a mail-in registration form, go to the Woodbridge Township web page at: www.twp.woodgbridge.nj.us or call the Mayor’s Office at 732-634-4500.

Another emergency preparedness program we implemented last year was the “Safe & Secure – Special Needs” Registry for Township residents who may have difficulty evacuating their residence or place of work during an emergency. By registering with the ‘Special Needs’ program, our emergency responders will know exactly who needs help well in advance of an emergency situation. If you didn’t get a form and want to register, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 732-634-5401.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind Atom Tabloid readers of some of the special events and programs on tap in coming months. We are proud to announce a brand new concert series – “Music on Main Street” – which kicks-off with “Aztec-Two Step” (performing the Simon & Garfunkel songbook) on April 29 at the United Methodist Church of Woodbridge at 69 Main Street. “Music on Main Street” features top contemporary acoustic artists… for a complete listing of concerts, performers, and ticket information, log-on to: www.woodbridgeartsnj.com.

Just like kids growing out of their wardrobe, Woodbridge Township’s Youth Month celebration has quickly expanded with more and exciting events and programs especially for kids. This year, Youth Month gets underway on March 21 with the Mayor’s Summer Job Fair at the Community Center and goes right through April 28 with the Student Works Art Show at The Barron Arts Center.

In all, more than 60 events geared to young people will take place at the Woodbridge Community Center, the YMCA, The Barron Arts Center, and township libraries, parks and schools. This year’s highlights include the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 4… National Health Week from April 6-12… BMX Day on Main Street on April 11… Big Wheels Day at the Community Center on April 15… the Mayor’s Youth Recognition Award program on April 19… and Skateboard Day at the Woodbridge Skate Park on April 25.

For more information about Woodbridge Township programs and events, check out the Community Calendar on the Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us or call the Mayor’s Office at (732) 634-4500.


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