Who's On the Phone? It Could be the County Calling
(Clayton, NJ) - Gloucester County now has the capability to generate automated messages through their 'Global Connect' voice messaging alert system to notify residents of emergencies, road closures or other important events.
"You may receive an automated message from the County on your land-line to notify you of roadway closures, police emergencies, mosquito control applications (spraying), chemical hazards, severe weather notifications, flu clinics or health notifications, amber alerts or any other important information," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
Sweeney said, "We used the messaging system for the first time last week to notify residents who live along Breakneck Road in Mantua and Harrison that the road would be closed for repairs. The system worked great and it is another vehicle we have to relay important information to our residents.
Freeholder Jean DuBois said that the service is for land-line telephones only and was obtained with a grant through the County's Office of Emergency Response. "Not everyone carries a blackberry or iphone and has instant access to email or texting. This system is going to be very beneficial in advising our citizens about an emergency, a health clinic in their town, or a road closure," said Freeholder DuBois.
A link is currently being developed on the County's website to allow for self registration of residents to include their cell phones. 'Global Connect' is a voice system, not a texting system.
Gloucester County does also offer residents Gloucester Alert, where a text messages or email is issued regarding emergency alerts, road closures or weather notifications. To sign up for Gloucester Alert visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov or www.Gloucesteralert.com.