Register to Receive Emergency Notifications by Phone
|Date:||January 31, 2020|
Ocean City maintains a CodeRED high-speed notification system that allows city officials to quickly deliver emergency messages by telephone, email or text message. The most common use of this system in Ocean City is to provide notifications of imminent coastal flooding.
Ocean City Emergency Management Director Frank Donato cautions that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is that it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database. This is an extremely important feature.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Donato said, urging all individuals and businesses to visit www.ocnj.us/oem and follow the "Sign Up for Emergency Notification System" link. You can also text OCNJALERTS to 99411 to enroll your information from your mobile phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.
CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones, too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages. Owners who maintain two residences and business owners should use their Ocean City address when registering a mobile phone.
The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.