Police & Fire

Chatham Borough is the Most "Alert" Town in Morris County

1d037a76422bec891806_SteveWilliams.JPG
Steve Williams, depurty coordiniator-emergency management for Chatham Borough, reported on Chatham's alert system. Credits: TAP Chatham
1d037a76422bec891806_SteveWilliams.JPG

CHATHAM, NJ - The statistics are in and Chatham Borough rates No. 1 when it comes to making use of Morris County's alert system, run through Everbridge Notifications.

As of Aug. 12, 2013, Chatham Borough sent out 50 alerts this year to residents through AlertChathamBorough, nearly twice as many as the second highest, Roxbury, which sent out 27. Chatham Township ranks No. 3 on the chart with 17 alerts. Some of the alerts went out included a tornado warning, a bear sighting, a carjacking, construction and utility work.

"I updated the statistical report that we send out on a monthly basis and the total number of community signups for AlertChahamBorough is 1,047," Steve Williams, deputy coordinator-emergency management officer for the borough, said. "We're probably a third of a way to the total number of households that we can sign up."

Sign Up for E-News

There is no extra cost for the number of alerts put out by Chatham. It is a service provided for every town in Morris County. Everbridge is funded through county taxes.

Williams is working on an in-house brochure, which he plans to provide to schools for distribution to parents, detailing the uses for AlertChathamBorough. A small percentage of the 50 alerts went out to everyone signed up for AlertChathamBorough since messages are targeted to certain areas or categories.

Williams pointed out that the alerts sent out go to people who check them off when they sign up, according to the desire for specific alerts. The categories are: Traffic, road closure, severe weather, power outages, water outages, crime alerts, missing persons and miscellaneous alerts.

Tops on the list for notifications through AlertChathamBorough is the severe weather alert, which had 821 signups, followed by power outages (809) and crime alerts (745)

Williams has good news for those looking to receive more accurate weather alerts. The county is switching to a much more powerful system this fall.

"The county has a mass notification system that is much more powerful and we will be migrating to that in the fall," Williams said. "Users have the ability to receive different weather alert notifications that are sent to them directly from the national weather service. This system is much more powerful and I'm looking forward to learning how to use that this fall."

Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris said that the borough is no longer using email or Twitter to alert residents, only AlertChathamBorough.

"We used to use Twitter and email notificaton," Harris said. "The email notification broke and that's why we went to Twitter, and some people didn't like to use Twitter, so we decided its best to go with AlertChathamBorough."

Councilman Jim Lonergan figured from the statitistics cited, that AlertChathamBorough sent out a notification "every 4.2 days." Lonergan was concerned about the possibility of overloading residents with alerts.

"Part of the reason this has been so effective is because of Steve (Williams)," Harris said. "He has been verry good at using the area notificaton capability, so that, for example, if we are doing hydrant flushing, we can send out an alert just to those people who are going to be affected. Using those type of tailored messages is great."

Williams gave an example that road resurfacing was sent out as an alert to three or four streets affected by the work.

Bob Falzarano, borough administrator, announced that Madison is seeking a 10-year FCC license for a public broadcast radio station. Madison is purchasing $30,000 worth of equipment for the station that can be found at 1630 AM.

"Madison has agreed if we have an event, anything we send over they would be able to broadcastr," Falzarano said. "They can store up to 300 pre-recorded messages into their system. They are testing this week and next week to see how far they can go with their broadcasts, but Chatham is definitely within range. It could be up and running in a month."

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Fri, August 10, 6:00 PM

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison

Downtown Concert Series: Mama D & The Vexations

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_8ab0795d7266f1cbd501_9f7a7a4ff4becf97e74c_regwalk_skyrw_9.30.18_email-1

Sun, September 30, 8:00 AM

College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown

Walk to Fight Alzheimer's

Giving Back Health & Wellness

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Our summer program is in full swing.  This week we are starting some of our most popular children’s programs, Chess for Kids and sewing classes with Miss Polly.  Children will also enjoy a visit from a special guest, Queen Maria Isabella from Medieval Times.  Teens ...

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: Fundraiser on Sept. 22nd at Chatham Cougar Field

July 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Hello, Friends,

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness” annual walk is being held on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:15 p.m. at Chatham’s Cougar Field, next to 312 Shunpike Road in Chatham, NJ  07928.  Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. 

You know of my lifetime support of efforts to combat ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Chatham's Meghan LeMon Awarded Degree from Miami University in Ohio

July 21, 2018

OXFORD, OH -- Meghan LeMon of Chatham was among more than 3,900 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Millett Hall.

LeMon graduated MAGNA with a BA degree, majoring in Speech Path & Audiology.

Considered one of eight original "Public Ivies" in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.

Summer Storm Checklist

New Jersey gets its share of severe weather – and those closest to the coast are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and high winds. Here are some things you can do to help improve the safety of your family and home before a storm hits:

·       Be informed. Find out where the nearest shelter is, and map out different routes you can take ...