Township of West Milford Emergency
Management Coordinator Michael Woch is pleased to announce that the
Passaic County Sheriff’s Department has developed a Reverse 9 1 1
system under the direction of Sheriff Jerry Speziale.
This system utilizes state of the art telecommunications which
can keep residents informed of up to the minute emergency or public
advisories designed for specific areas of our community and tailored
to your needs.
is a free program that allows participants to choose where to receive
information, in their home, business or to cellular telephone numbers.
The system can even send the information to your fax machine!
an emergency (or other event) occurs in your neighborhood, the
Sheriff's Department Reverse-911 system will be programmed with a
pre-recorded message advising call recipients of the location and
nature of the problem, and giving other information to help families
stay safe during the event. Once the voice recording has been made,
the system is programmed to call each subscriber within the area
selected by the Reverse-911 operators. The system calls each
subscriber's home telephone number (plus any other optional numbers
requested by the subscriber) within the affected area and relays the
example uses of the Reverse-911 System include road closure
notifications, public information statements, severe weather warnings,
evacuations, wanted or missing persons broadcasts, and so on.
additional feature of the Reverse-911 System, is the "Are You
Okay?" program. This
program provides the ability to confirm the safety of special-needs
citizens, such as senior citizens and domestic violence victims,
at no cost to the subscribers. This function is also extremely
effective to ascertain the safety of high-risk businesses, such as
After subscribing to the program, the
participant will receive, at a pre-determined interval
established by the subscriber, a phone call generated by the
The system requires a coded
"OK" response from the call recipient. Improper
responses, or no response, will initiate an alarm on the
Sheriff’s system and can generate notifications for up to four
phone numbers and two pagers. These pre-determined numbers can
be for family members, neighbors, co-workers or
Calling schedules can vary from day to
day and time to time, based on the needs of those being called.
If you have any questions regarding the
Passaic County Sheriff's Department's Reverse-911 System or “Are you
Okay?” program you may call the West Milford Office of Emergency
Management at 973-728-2840.
may sign up at the Passaic County Sheriff
Office's web page:
print out and mail the forms to the address provided (please note you
must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer to view and print
Reverse 9 1 1
Are You Okay