Tinton Falls will be heading up an ambitious program to have 90 percent of residents sign up for the borough's Emergency Code Red Alert systems in just nine days.

Ambulance (Flickr Photo: Five Furlongs)
Ambulance (Flickr Photo: Five Furlongs)

Dubbed, "90 in 9" by Tinton Falls Mayor Mike Skudera, the borough will lead a nine day push to get residents to sign up in order to receive instant updates on weather emergencies, road closures, and health related information such as water alerts.

"We figured 90 was a doable goal based on the metrics that we developed, so we're hoping to that hopefully."

The borough doesn't have a long way to go, roughly 75 percent of the borough has opted in for the notification already, but Skudera notes there will always be a percentage of people who don't want to sign up.

The borough is looking for volunteers to go door to door to speak to residents and business owners about the importance of signing up, Mayor Skudera as well as other council members will joining the volunteers.

"We have iPads and we'll hopefully be signing them up in real time on the iPad to make sure they're in the system."

Ever since Superstorm Sandy, text, email, and Facebook alerts have been more important than ever as power outages made it difficult for information to be conveyed.

"More people have iPads, iPhones, and smart devices and this is a good effective tool to be able to reach out to them."

He notes that Sandy has brought in more Code Red users.

"But we don't want to wait until the next emergency."

In addition signs will be posted throughout the borough.

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