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Town Urges Residents to Sign-Up for Emergency Text Message Alerts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2012
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Town Urges Residents to Sign-Up for Emergency Text Message Alerts
North Hempstead, NY– In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and Nor’ Easter Athena, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board, in coordination with the Town’s Office of Emergency Management, urged residents to sign-up for emergency text alerts through the "Swift911" computerized telephone system, enabling them to retrieve information during a power outage.

The “Swift911” Emergency Notification System provides the Town with a mechanism to rapidly deliver a recorded notification via text message to targeted homes and businesses in the event of a disaster that causes power loss.

“The use of the Reverse 311 telephone notification system throughout the storm was very effective,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “Given that successful experience, we are advising residents, many of whom were unable to receive the telephone messages because of the loss of power, to sign-up for text messages alerts.”

Residents and business owners can sign up by visiting the Town’s website at www.NorthHempsteadNY.gov and then clicking the “Swift911” logo under “Featured Items”. There are no fees for registration.

Please call 311 for more information.

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