This survey asks your opinion about using a service to be notified of emergencies via your cell phone and/or social media.

Recently, there have been several emergency or potential emergency situations in Newtown Township about which residents should have been notified. On March 7, 2018, during a snow emergency power failure, the Township Building was open as a “warming center,” but before any township residents were aware of this, power was restored; on October 24, 2018, Swamp Road and Route 413 experienced significant traffic delays due to an accident.

The list goes on. And although the Newtown Police Department and/or the Township Manager were able to post information about some of these events on Twitter and Facebook or to homeowner associations, these notices reached a limited number of residents or reached them too late.

Not only is there a limited ability for the Newtown Police and Administration Departments to send out emergency and other notices to residents, there is limited ability of residents to easily communicate information to the Township and be assured that a record is kept of each contact.

The Newtown Technology Committee has been investigating services that can solve these problems by sending notices to residents about active shooters, traffic incidents, community events, severe weather alerts, missing persons, etc., via text, mobile apps, email, voice, Twitter, and Facebook. One such system is NIXLE, which is used by over 8,000 communities across the country. For more information download the data sheet.

Such a service would cost Newtown Township about $5,000 per year. The service is FREE to residents who sign up (opt-in) to use it.

NOTE: Savvy Citizen is another option. For Newtown, the fee would be $299 per month or about $3,000 per year. Learn more about this option here.

Please take this short survey to let me know if you would opt-in to such a FREE service if it were available to Newtown and Wrightstown residents (both communities are serviced by the Newtown Township Police Department).
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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Newtown Township approved survey. Its purpose is solely to inform John Mack – a Newtown Supervisor – of the public’s opinion regarding this issue.

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