Mount Olive Officials Urge Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Free, easy-to-use services allow police, fire to notify residents about township events and emergencies while being better prepared to lend assistance when needed.
By: Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad
"It's summer storm season and that's a good reason to make sure you're getting the latest emergency information from the township," said Fred Detoro Jr., township fire official and head of the office of emergency management. "Our Everbridge (https://member.everbridge.net/
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The program asks registrants for their name, an account name and password and then brings them to pages to select how they want to be notified and what they want to be notified about. It also asks if they need any special assistance.
"This system doesn't replace 9-1-1," Detoro stressed. "If you need emergency assistance from police, fire or emergency medical services, you should still call 9-1-1 and take whatever action is appropriate. But this is best, fastest way for us to let you know that something is going on."
Detoro also urged those who need special assistance to register with NJ Register Ready (https://www13.state.nj.us/
"There are people who can't get out of a building easily because of a disability or people who count on devices that won't work if there's a power outage," said Detoro. "NJ Register Ready alerts us to those needs so we can render assistance before it becomes a crisis."
The easiest way to find the registry is to Google NJ Register Ready. Like Everbridge, the survey asks the applicant registration and personal information that allows first responders to be alerted to the person's special needs.
"We recognize that some of the information we're asking can be a little intrusive, but they are things we need to know so we can get the manpower and equipment we need to the scene in a timely manner," said Detoro.
Detoro also mentioned that NJ Register Ready is a good tool for those with a temporary disability.
"If you're in bed with a broken leg, we'll know that you need some help with mobility," he said. "When you're back on your feet, you can delete your profile."
Detoro emphasized that these services are confidential and that information is not shared. He also said that those with questions or who need assistance registering can call his office at (973) 691-0900 x 7325.
"Things can happen very quickly, whether because of weather or a man-made issue," said Detoro. "We urge everyone to sign up to get emergency and community information. It only takes a minute, so it's one of those things you shouldn't put off. Do it now."
Fred Detoro Jr.
Dir.-Mt Olive Township Office of Emergency Mgmnt