There are a variety of ways for residents to stay informed before, during and after emergencies.
During times of emergency, public safety agencies can use technology known as “outbound 9-1-1” to send emergency alerts to residents. When activated by officials, the Rave Alert 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. Smart911 users may also opt to receive text messages and other types of alerts.
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
- emergent utility outage information
- other threats to life and safety
This system is employed by emergency officials from the Town of Newton.
While the system may already have some phone numbers registered from local telephone service providers, we recommend that everyone create and maintain an updated Smart911 safety profile to ensure we have complete and accurate information. When a Smart911 safety profile is created, you will be prompted to choose which types of alerts you would like to receive from the Town of Newton (emergency alerts, non-emergency alerts, etc.) or you may opt out entirely.
Question: How do I sign up for Outbound 9-1-1?
To get started or update your information, visit the Rave Alert/Smart911 registration page, or download their app:
Question: Where can I learn more about Smart911 safety profiles?
Please visit the Newton Police Department's website for more information about Smart911.
National 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: Where can I find more information about the EAS?
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 and other advanced communications technologies are used by Newton OEM and emergency managers nationwide.
Newton OEM on Facebook
Newton OEM on Twitter
Newton NJ: The 82 year old female reported missing earlier has been located unharmed. Thank you for your assistance.14 April 2020
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.
Homeland Security Alerts
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The latest WeatherWorks forecast regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.
* HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS STILL EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON *
THREAT TIME: THROUGH 7:00 PM TUESDAY
Rain and intermittent downpours over the region now will turn heavier again over the next few hours as Isaias approaches the
region. Rain from earlier this morning combined with continued rain this afternoon will lead to areas of poor drainage / roadway
flooding. Streams and rivers can also see some flooding in low lying spots. Wind will also be an issue with gusts increasing
midday and peaking in the afternoon near 50 mph. This can cause scattered downed trees and power lines, and we are still
concerned with winds a couple hours after the storm passes as winds switch to the west. In addition to the winds, conditions will
be favorable for a few tornadoes to develop in North Jersey this afternoon. Overall, the main period of concern today will be 1 - 5
PM with improving conditions thereafter. ...
3 days ago
UPDATE: I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
☑️Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
☑️If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination
☑️All State offices will be CLOSED tomorrow
☑️Non-essential @NJGov personnel should NOT report to work for their normal shift
☑️Essential employees should report on schedule
☑️Visit 511nj.org for traffic updates and ready.nj.gov for additional info
☑️There is no travel ban at this time
☑️Take down ALL temporary structures, including outdoor dining tents and umbrellas
☑️Secure loose furniture and other objects
☑️Charge your devices
☑️Stay updated: New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The State Emergency Operations Center will be open throughout the storm. Check back for more updates and stay tuned to your local weather to plan ahead.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, stay updated at @NWS_MountHolly or by visiting www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey, check for updates at @NWSNewYorkNY or by visiting www.weather.gov/okx/ ...