Township of Long Hill, NJ
Morris County
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[Ord. No. 306-12]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish rules and regulations for utilization of the Township's Notification System and to designate those officials who are authorized to initiate the system.
[Ord. No. 306-12]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings stated herein unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
APPROVED NON-EMERGENCY ORGANIZATION
Shall mean any Township department or public safety or civic group that operates primarily for the benefit of Long Hill Township residents, conduct regular meetings or events and that has been provided access to the Non-Emergency Notification System pursuant to Township policy.
EMERGENCY
Shall mean and include any declared emergency or other situation which may directly or indirectly affect the public's health and safety. Examples of emergencies include major traffic disruptions, pervasive power outages, widespread flooding, significant and unusual criminal activity and dangerous animals.
NON-DISASTER EMERGENCY
Shall mean and include any disruption to segments of the Township population in which no harm or risk to the general health and safety is perceived. Examples of non-disaster emergencies include a school or building closure, cancellation of a prearranged event, localized road closure, localized power outage and special notifications to Township employee's or civic group members.
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a. 
The Township Emergency Notification System may only be initiated by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chief of Police, Lieutenant of Police (or when both the Chief and the Lieutenant are unavailable the Police Officer in Charge), Township Emergency Management Coordinator, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, or Township Administrator.
b. 
The Township Non-Disaster Emergency Notification System may be initiated and used by approved Township employees and approved civic organization leaders if a Township policy so authorizes.
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All messages broadcast on the Township Notification System shall be uniform in voice and content and shall clearly identify the sender.
b. 
All messages broadcast on the Emergency Notification System shall concisely alert residents to the emergency without causing undue panic or fear. All such messages shall be reviewed in advance by the Township official who authorizes the alert pursuant to Section 18-3a above.
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The Township Administrator in consultation with the Communications Advisory Committee, Police Department and the Township Emergency Management Coordinator, may propose policies and procedures consistent with the rules and regulations set forth in this chapter. Copies of proposed policies and procedures shall be submitted to the Township Clerk who shall distribute copies to the Township Committee for adoption.
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Anyone may opt out of the Township Notification System. Upon receiving an opt-out request, the telephone number or numbers shall be removed from future broadcasts within 30 days. Anyone wishing to opt out of the system must fill out the Township waiver form stating that he/she does not want to be called and submit it to the Township Clerk's Office by mail, email or in person.
b. 
Residents and local business owners shall be able to electronically opt into the system and shall be allowed to add devices such as cell phones.
c. 
Residents shall be permitted to add additional persons living outside Long Hill Township to the system.
d. 
All information provided to the Township in connection with its Notification System shall remain confidential and secure to the extent permitted by law.