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TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Regional Operations Intelligence Center have recently introduce NJ Alert, the State's new mass text and email emergency notification system, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is encouraging citizens to sign up for this “real time” alert system.

NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows State Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event.  The public can sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: www.njalert.gov or by visiting the NJOEM website at www.ready.nj.gov and clicking on the NJ Alert icon.

“In Mercer County, we’ve had our share of emergency events, particularly flooding and other severe weather, and this alert system allows us to stretch the use our mobile phones and computers in ways that could possibly protect lives and property,” Hughes stressed. “I wholeheartedly encourage you to register your personal devices.” 

“During an emergency, timely dissemination of accurate information is the cornerstone of public safety.  NJ Alert enables us to deliver emergency messages to the public through the convenience of their handheld devices or PCs in addition to our traditional emergency notification systems such as the Emergency Alert System and Amber Alert,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, NJ Alert can receive homeland security and crime related tips and leads via the www.njalert.gov site or via text messaging. 

“Ensuring our residents have accurate and real-time information before, during and after any type of emergency is a fundamental responsibility - one that we don’t take lightly,” said New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Richard L. Cañas.  “I encourage all residents to sign up for the NJ Alert system; because a well-informed and well-prepared citizenry is critical to the success of our state’s emergency management efforts.”