Berkeley residents who want to stay on top of future emergencies can sign up for the township's new Emergency Notification System, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.
"An Emergency Notification System, or Reverse 911 as they are sometimes known, gives those in charge of public safety a chance to reach out to the public in case of an emergency event," the mayor said.
Residents can still call 911 if they need emergency information. But the phone and e-mail system will automatically send out alerts to residents if they sign up for it, Amato said.
Both home and cell phone numbers can be added to the call system. The township maintains a "constantly updating" database of all landline phone numbers, according to the website.
"We are most interested in gathering cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses," the mayor said.
Any numbers submitted by residents will be used only for emergency notifications and will be kept by the township Office of Emergency Management, Amato said.
Residents are also asked to provide a township street address, so in the event of a localized emergency, the address will integrate with the system's mapping capabilities. To sign up for the emergency notification system, Click here to Sign-up and fill in the information.
"The reason for this form is to gather as many means of contact as you may have, so that in the event of an emergency that affects Berkeley Township, we can notify you in multiple ways," the website states.