What is Reverse 911?
We are all familiar with 911 which is used to report emergencies to the authorities. In simple terms, Reverse 911 allows the authorities to contact you. You phone number is stored in a computer system which pinpoints your location. This allows emergency personnel to notify only the people residing in the areas affected by the emergency. A recording is broadcast to the affected area giving instructions on what to do. The Woodbridge CAP is honored to be the major contributor to the funding of the purchase of the Reverse 911 system.
When would Reverse 911 be used?
Reverse 911 is used when the authorities determine that a substantial risk exists. It could be triggered by a transportation accident, severe weather, industrial accident, or terrorist attack.
What kind of instructions would be given?
It is important to listen carefully to the instructions given during the call. Your cooperation with the authorities is very important to minimize the impact of any emergency. Instructions that may be broadcast are as follows:
Shelter-in-Place — You should NOT leave your home. Doing so will only make the job of the responders more difficult. When you are instructed to shelter-in-place, other instructions such as closing all your windows, turning off your air conditioning, not drinking the water, or other instructions may be included. When you are ordered to shelter-in-place it means that the safest place is where you are!
Evacuate — In the event you are instructed to evacuate, you will be told where to go and, possibly how to get there. DO NOT PANIC! Follow all instructions. You may be requested to not use your vehicle. Most importantly, don't forget anyone. If you need assistance for an elderly or handicapped person, call 911. DO NOT call 911 unless it is absolutely necessary as the responders will be busy dealing with the emergency at hand.
What if I have an unlisted number?
If you have an unlisted number, your number is NOT automatically in the system. It is necessary for you to contact the Office of Emergency Management at 732-634-7700. The system used to store the phone numbers is secure and will not be given out to anyone — it will only be used to notify you in the case of an emergency.