New Milford has subscribed to the service gov-interact to provide one-point interaction between police, fire, and the department of public works. Chief of Police and OEM Coordinator, Frank Papapietro, began looking into web-based services such as Nixle and gov-interact after Hurricane Irene. Since gov-interact currently handles New Milford's reverse 9-1-1 calls, it made sense to have them provide text and web notification to residents as well. The cost for this service is $3000 per year.
Publishing services, such as gov-interact, allow local government agencies to send messages to residents via phone text messages, email and web. Information is delivered almost instantly to a subscriber.
In addition to providing information during extreme weather events, many towns are using notification providers to help communicate to their residents local road closings, traffic alerts and crime information.
To register with gov-interact and have emergency notifications sent directly to your phone or email, click here.