Mayor and Public Safety Commissioner Robert Giangeruso and the Lyndhurst Office of Emergency Management have released a new iPhone and Android mobile app to aid in emergency alerting and preparedness. This one stop shop makes it easy for the public to stay connected and informed by Public Safety and Public Works officials during day to day incidents, emergencies and disasters.
In a day when nearly 80% of the U.S. population has smartphones, it’s estimated that more than 17,600 people in Lyndhurst Township are using smartphones as their main means of communication. The Lyndhurst OEM mobile app is designed to keep Lyndhurst citizens, businesses, and visitors prepared for and alerted to emergencies. The new mobile app is available for download free of charge from the iPhone and Google Play (Android) app stores.
Emergency alerts (push notifications) are one of the most important aspects of the new smartphone app. Download the app to automatically receive Township related alerts, as well as alerts from the National Weather Service on the moderate to severe levels.
The app displays local weather, a 7-day weather forecast, and radar.
In addition, “Emergency Plan” is a feature that will help you to create your own plan. This includes four sections: “My Info” is a shareable list to keep important family, medical, and insurance contacts at your fingertips; “Checklist” helps you determine what supplies you will need for an emergency; the “Preparedness” section is where you will find information on preparing for various kinds of emergencies. Lastly, under “During a Disaster” you will find the “I’m Okay” contact form, “Where am I” – a personal locator, a Damage Report form, and Tips to Stay Safe during emergencies.
Also included are “Anonymous Tip Reporting”, which goes directly to the LPD Criminal Investigations Division, 511 Traffic Information, Power Outages, the Special Needs Registry, and social media integration from our Police, Fire, EMS, and OEM. In case of an emergency, you can get directions to the nearest Shelters. Also, you can report Street light outages directly to the LPD Traffic Division in seconds. Lastly, you can link into the Municipal Court to pay your parking or payable moving violations.
“The Lyndhurst Office of Emergency Management app is an innovative solution for our community to stay informed while becoming interactive in a progressive way,” said Mayor Giangeruso, Director of Public Safety. “Please take a moment to download the app and set up your own personal Emergency Plan.”