The Scotch Plains Police (SPPD) and Office of Emergency Management (SPOEM) will no longer send emergency or informational messages via the Union County 1st Alert System, the department announced today.
Effective Dec. 1, SPPD and SPOEM will use the Code Red Emergency Notification System. This new system will allow emergency managers to send telephonic, text message and email alerts via one system.
This new system will also allow emergency managers to send messages to very specific areas during localized emergencies or urgent situations.
This system can send voice recorded messages to residents' landline and cell phones as well as text messages and emails. When registering for Code Red, the department encourages residents to include all contact information in order to receive emergency messages at home, via email and through cell phones.
With this new system, registered users will only receive messages from the Scotch Plains Police Department and Office of Emergency Management.
To register: Visit scotchplainspolice.org and click Emergency Alert System, then "Register now” to sign up. Follow the prompts as you enter your information. All residents are encouraged to create a “managed account” to allow registered users to edit their accounts as their information changes throughout the years.
The department ask residents to share this system with neighbors, especially those who are elderly or with special needs who may need help registering. A landline telephone is all that is necessary to receive an emergency notification.
As a reminder, if you are not registered with Code Red, you will not receive emergency or informational messages from SPOEM or the Township of Scotch Plains.
Residents can contact Sgt. Hernandez at email@example.com for assistance or questions.