FAQ's for AlertWestwood
o What is AlertWestwood?
AlertWestwood is the Borough of Westwood’s official emergency alert and notification system. This system is used to send alerts to the public during emergencies. AlertWestwood is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, and voice message.
In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These include notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more. This service is provided by the Borough of Westwood at no cost to the public; however, message and data rates may apply.
o Why should I sign-up for AlertWestwood?
When emergencies happen, be the first to know. The Borough of Westwood uses AlertWestwood to send official, real-time alerts to the public with information about potentially life-saving actions they may need to take to keep themselves and their families safe. By signing up for AlertWestwood, you are taking a large step toward improving your personal safety.
o How does it work?
When an emergency occurs that meets the criteria for sending out an alert to the public, the AlertWestwood’s emergency dispatchers will gather the necessary information and push out an alert to the affected area. Alerts can be sent out city-wide to everyone who has opted-in to the system, or to a specific area or neighborhood for more localized events.
o How much does it cost?
This service is provided by the Borough of Westwood at no cost to you; however, message and data rates may apply depending on your provider and phone services.
o Can you guarantee that I will receive notification if I register?
While WestwoodAlerts is an excellent system, we cannot guarantee that you will receive notification in all cases. Disasters and emergencies are chaotic and unpredictable, and notification is dependent on external providers such as your wireless carrier or email delivery service outside the [insert your location]’s control. WestwoodAlerts will use several means of communications to try to ensure that should any one communications method, technology, or delivery option be unavailable to reach residents, other methods will be used to improve the likelihood that citizens will see the message.
• How do I sign-up for AlertWestwood?
Signing up for AlertWestwood is easy! Go to AlertWestwood and register your contact information.
To update your existing AlertWestwood preferences, click here AlertWestwood.
o Who can sign-up for AlertWestwood?
AlertWestwood is available to anyone who lives, works, travels through, or visits the Borough of Westwood. The address can be your home location, work location, or any other location you care about.
o I don’t own a computer – who can help me sign-up for AlertWestwood?
You can visit the Borough Hall Clerk's Office to sign up online for AlertWestwood.
• What types of alerts will I receive?
Emergency alerts are sent 24/7 when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property. In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These include notifications about:
o Safety risks
o Health risks
o Transportation disruption
o Special event information
o Test messages.
• Can I call the alert phone number back or reply back to the email?
You are not able to reply to texts or emails sent by AlertWestwood. Voice messages provide a dial-back number to replay an alert message.
• When will I start receiving alerts?
Once you have signed up online at https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=westwoodnj Alert Westwood and confirmed your contact information within the system, you will begin receiving alerts.
• How do I update or remove my notification preferences and contact information used by AlertWestwood?
Follow the below steps to change your AlertWestwood preferences (for example, to reduce the number of messages of a certain type, or to change the contacts used for each kind of message):
1. Go to the login page for AlertWestwood.
2. Login using your AlertWestwood username and password (If you’ve forgotten these, follow the instructions on the page under “Forgot Username or Password?”)
3. Once signed in, click the ‘Preferences’ tab at the top
4. Under ‘Notification Preferences’, you can make changes to both the phone numbers and email addresses on which you want to receive AlertWestwood messages by clicking or unclicking the checkboxes
5. You can also choose what alerts you want to receive and the method you wish to receive them by (text, voice, email)
a. For example, if you wish to turn off all messages regarding Transportation Disruptions, simply uncheck the box to the left of “Transportation Disruption”
b. If you wish instead only to receive emails for Transportation Disruption notifications, instead uncheck the “Text” and / or “Voice” choices, so that only “Email” remains checked
• How often will I receive alerts?
The frequency for which you receive alerts depends on the addresses you provide and the types of alerts you select to receive as well as the frequency of actual emergencies. Emergency alerts will only be sent when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property. Community notifications will be sent when the criteria for sending an alert are met.
This system is not intended to bombard you with information. The Borough of Westwood will only send you alerts about the information you select to receive. To change your alert settings, login to WestwoodAlert and edit your preferences.
• How does the AlertWestwood system respond to busy signals or no-answer situations?
If a call completes and is sent to your answering machine or voice mail system, a message is left. If a phone call is not answered or busy, the system redials your number several times.
Privacy and Contact Information
o Will my information be disclosed or shared?
No, your information is private and will not be used or distributed in any manner. The information that you provide is exempt from public disclosure and will be used for emergency purposes only.
o What precautions are taken to protect personal contact information stored in the AlertWestwood?
Personal information provided to AlertWestwood is private and only used to notify you for official Borough of Westwood communications and to support the Borough of Westwood's emergency services.
Your information is not used for marketing purposes and will not be sold to telemarketers or data-mining organizations. A variety of “opt-in” mechanisms are available to ensure you are getting just the messages you want to receive, delivered via the devices and communications modes that you choose.
AlertWestwood utilizes the highest standards in physical and computer security technologies and conducts regular audits to ensure all information is kept secure. Privacy policies are also outlined in the Terms and Conditions you review when you sign up to receive AlertWestwood notifications.