CLARK—The township has agreed to be part of the Union County Emergency Notification System known as UC First Alert. In the event of an emergency, this system will allow the township and county to send out thousands of automated phone calls, text messages, and e-mails in minutes to provide critical information to first responders and residents.
Examples of incidents the system could be used for would include unexpected storm situations, boil water alert notifications due to drinking water problems, flooding situations, and missing person cases. Information can be sent to all residents at the same time, geographical areas of the town, schools and businesses, or designated groups such as police, firefighters, medical personnel, or administrative and public works employees.
The database for the system contains all the landline phone numbers within the county, including unlisted numbers, but residents can go on-line to register their cell numbers and e-mail addresses to receive messages that way also. They can also decide what type of notices they wish to receive, including various weather alerts, breaking news items, and health emergencies.
Residents are strongly urged to go on-line at www.ucfirstalert.org to register for this program. The more ways township officials have to get important emergency information to as many residents as possible, in the shortest amount to time, could be critical to the health, safety, and well-being of all citizens.