SOMERVILLE, NJ - Summer has yet to begin, but the 2016 hurricane season has.

Weather conditions traditionally begin to favor the formation of hurricanes June 1 and remain so through Nov. 1

Somerset County advises residents to register for free emergency alerts, in case severe weather impacts central New Jersey.

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Residents can access the latest information about emergency county road closings, program cancellations or service delays by signing up for free bulletins from Somerset County, according to Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh and Sheriff Frank Provenzano.

“It’s important to stay informed during severe-weather events,” Walsh said.  “In addition to email and text alerts, our homepage at will have direct links to the most up-to-date information.”

“The public’s safety is our number-one priority,” said Provenzano. “We encourage residents to be proactive and take advantage of this quick, easy and free way to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

As part of the redesigned county website, Somerset County now is using to send emergency email bulletins and text alerts.

These include closure of county-owned roads and bridges; flood watches and warnings; and county program delays or closings, such as senior centers, transportation services and Meals on Wheels.

To sign up, visit and enter your email address, cell phone number or both. You also can sign up for text alerts by texting the keyword SCNJALERTS to 888777.

Although the alerts service is free, text-messaging charges from wireless carriers may apply.