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Community Alerts

There are a variety of ways for residents to stay informed before, during and after emergencies.

Outbound 9-1-1

During times of emergency, public safety agencies can use technology known as “outbound 9-1-1” to notify residents. When activated by officials, the Swift 911 automated system calls homes and businesses in the affected area and delivers a recorded message to notify the public about the emergency and what actions they may need to take.

The system will be used for the following types of events:

  • missing person alerts
  • emergency evacuations
  • local security and crime alerts
  • weather emergencies
  • hazardous materials events

This system is employed by emergency management officials from the Town of Newton as well as the County of Sussex.

All landline telephones serviced by Verizon, CenturyLink and Warwick Valley Telephone are already in the system, however, cell phone and some VOIP phone numbers are not. If you would like to provide additional methods of contact, update your information or remove yourself entirely, please utilize the link below. In the event of an emergency, if you have opted to provide additional methods of contact, you will receive multiple notifications.

Question: How do I sign up for Outbound 9-1-1?

Visit the secure enrollment page to register or update your information.

Emergency Alert System

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, satellite digital audio service and direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems, and wireless cable systems to provide the President with a communications capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency. The EAS broadcasts messages regarding:

  • Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
  • Tsunami Warnings
  • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
  • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

Question: What should I do when I receive a WEA message?

Follow any action advised by the message. Seek more details from local media or authorities.

Question: Do consumers have to sign up to receive alerts?

Consumers do not need to sign up for this service. WEA allows government officials to send emergency alerts to all subscribers with WEA-capable devices if their wireless carrier participates in the program.

Question: Why are Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) important to me?

Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

On the Web

Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. Emergency managers at all levels of government work closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.

Social Media

Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used by Newton OEM and emergency managers nationwide.

Newton OEM on Facebook

Newton OEM on Twitter

Traditional Media

Continue to monitor traditional media sources – TV, newspapers and radio – to stay informed of breaking news and continued coverage of emergency events.

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office.

  • NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental, and public safety through the Emergency Alert System.