Customer Spotlight: Hunterdon County, NJ
Hunterdon County is located on the western edge of New Jersey and encompasses 26 municipalities consisting of townships, cities, towns and boroughs in a 430 square mile area. The Rapid Notify system enables Hunterdon County public safety agencies to contact over 130,000 area residents in the event of an extreme emergency situation.
Hunterdon County uses the Rapid Notify system to make an average of 250,000 calls annually for such diverse situations as police activity, severe weather alerts, and merchant fraud activity. On one occasion an urgent alert was issued regarding contaminated water, warning residents in a specific geographic area that their tap water was unsafe to drink.
Through the newly-integrated online self-registration portal, Hunterdon County residents can now sign up to receive emergency alert notifications via landline or cellular telephone, SMS text message, or e-mail. In the first week alone, over 130 residents signed up for notifications through the county website portal.
“Rapid Notify allows us to concentrate on the emergency rather than the notification,” said George Wagner, director for public safety for Hunterdon County. “That is a home run for us.”