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Heights Police Promote Emergency Alert System

Hasbrouck Heights Police encourage residents to use the county OEM's Swift911 service, an alert system which will provide important info during emergencies.

As an effort to further improve the lines of communication with residents in the event of emergency situations, Hasbrouck Heights Police encourage residents to sign up for a free service from Bergen County Office of Emergency Management known as Swift 911.

Residents can register all their phone numbers with this system to receive up to date information with regards to emergency notifications within the borough, according to Police Chief Michael Colaneri.

The chief says this service can be used in addition to Nixle alerts which also are sent via email and text message, as well as the police department website and Patch news site to keep residents informed during an emergency.  

Earlier this month Chief Colaneri and borough officials discussed additional ways of communicating with residents as during Hurricane Sandy about 70 percent of the borough was initially without power when the storm hit.

Some had no Internet access or working landlines in the days that followed, therefore it was suggested communication via text message was found to be the most reliable during the storm, according to the chief.  

Heights residents can sign-up for Swift911 by visiting www.bcoem.org where phone numbers can be entered.

Residents can also sign-up for Nixle alerts via the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department website.

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