Toms River Emergency Management Office Joins Notification System

Residents are invited to sign up for the alert system online

Toms River officials have another way to stay in touch with residents when emergency situations arise. 

As of Nov. 27, the township's Office of Emergency Management has registered with the web-based Nixle service to send text and email messages to users. Residents can sign up for the service at no charge.

The service enables OEM officials "to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology," according to a statement on the township's website.  

Those messages may range from "emergency alerts, important advisories, community updates, and traffic information," according to Nixle. Additionally, public agencies in addition to those in Toms River can use the service to release important information.

To register, subscribers are asked to enter their cell phone number, email address and zip code. Once enrolled, users can opt out of receiving updates and define the senders who are allowed to distribute messages.

Several of Toms River's fire companies use Nixle to tell subscribers that an incident is in progress, and Toms River OEM Paul Daley said the fire companies' use of Nixle is what piqued his interest in adding the message system for OEM distributing OEM information.

The Nixle use is now in place, on top of a long time use of the Reverse 911 program, another way Toms River Police contacts residents.

Several Toms River officials have reported residents' frustration in receiving information after Hurricane Sandy, where widespread power outages, limited cell and internet connectivity and disruption of mail service were experienced by tens of thousands of residents.

The inclusion of the Nixle program is an attempt to better distribute messages, officials said.

Mark November 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Simply put Toms River Township elected officials and the political hacks that are in charge of the various departments are way over their level of competence period.
Mac November 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Who shot the sheriff? I must have missed that Nixle message. He's been missing for several weeks now. Does he know he won reelection again? More important, does he know there was an election again? I ask, because as the Ocean County Emergency Management Leader, he didn't show up for Hurricane Sandy and the Freeholders seem very concerned about it. In fact, from the time Hurricane Sandy arrived until a day after the election, the Freeholders were so busy looking for him that they weren't able to appear in public with the rest of NJ's responsible leadership. Maybe that is why Freeholder Vicari was calling the CEO of JCP&L so much after the hurricane struck us. The CEO didn't shoot the sheriff, did he?
Xavier November 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Nixle is awesome. I'm subscribed to TR, Barnegat and Stafford. Barnegat uses it quite a bit, whereas, in the past 2 years I've only gotten two messages from Stafford. And I have never seen TR police use it. Though the TR fire district uses it fairly regularly. It's an amazing tool, but they need to make it easier for people without text messaging to enroll. (Unless things have changed since I signed up)
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