Plan & Prepare
Getting Information About Emergencies
On the Web – Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness.
The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions
Social Media – Social media and other advanced communications technologies are used by the EMS and by
emergency managers statewide.
Alerts - Mobile / Text (SMS) & E-Mail
- NIXLE - Subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect:
New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code
to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at
- NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office
of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during
an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to:
- CMAS - the Community Mobile Alert System - this nationwide system is now being. employed by the
National Weather Service to transmit weather Warnings (but not Watches) to your cell phone. A warning means the
hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA
(Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages, so it depends on the make/model of the phone.
Example: the IPhone 4 was not WEA- enabled, but IPads and IPods using the new Apple iOS6 are WEA-enabled. Also -
nationwide - the wireless carriers are still building out the system, so expect greater use in the future.
There is an opt-out option, but we recommend that you do not opt-out of receiving these NWS messages.
Read about WEA alerts here:
NOAA Weather Radio - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information
directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service
arnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically
inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area.
- Continue to monitor traditional media sources – TV, newspapers and radio – to stay informed of breaking
news and continued coverage of emergency events.
- Find out if your community has a “reverse 9-1-1” system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials.