Emergency Notification System- SWIFT911
To insure reliable and timely communication with its residents during an emergency, the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Public Safety has retained Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as its 24/7 Emergency Notification service provider, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
“The SWIFT911™ system can make thousands of calls a minute to our residents to convey vital emergency information,” Supervisor Saladino said. “These messages, which can be sent by telephone, e-mail, text or pager, may include information on floods, fires, water emergencies, evacuation orders and weather emergencies.”
Like the enhanced 911 service residents already have through local emergency services and the Nassau County Police Department, the Town, through local telecommunications providers, has the primary land line phone numbers of all residents and businesses, both listed and unlisted.
Up to three alternate phone numbers and/or cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, text message or pager numbers that you provide to the Town either through the Town Web site or by mail, can also be called in addition to your primary phone number. An emergency message can even reach TTY (teletypewriter) phones used by those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
To have additional family members receive their own emergency notifications, it is important to provide contact information to the Town by logging on to the Town Web site, www.oysterbaytown.com and clicking on the SWIFT911™ link on the right of the homepage. For those who do not have access to a computer, call (516) 677-5350 for a mail-in form to provide your information.
Accurate numbers in the database help to ensure that emergency information will be passed on to everyone in a timely manner. Residents who do not want to be called can also opt-out through the Town Web site or by the mail-in form.
“The SWIFT911™ system will be an invaluable life-saving device for getting information out to our community when threats of severe weather or other dangerous conditions occur,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Everyone who lives and works in the Town of Oyster Bay can feel a little safer knowing that we have implemented this system. I encourage you to update your contact information for SWIFT911™.”
SWIFT 911 Questions & Answers
What is Swift 911?
Swift 911 is a computerized telephone calling system that can be used to notify you of an emergency situation such as a severe storm evacuation or a dangerous situation.
How does Swift 911 work?
Each resident and business within the Town of Oyster Bay will receive a telephone message with the emergency alert.
Who activates the system?
Only the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Safety can activate or send an alert.
I have an unlisted phone number. Will I be listed in the data base?
To be sure you are listed, sign up for Swift 911 alerts by providing your information by mail or by logging onto https://oysterbaytown.com/swift911/ and clicking the Swift 911 link at the right.
If I do not have internet access, how can I sign up?
Call 516-677-5350 to get a mail-in form.
How can I be sure that I am listed in the database?
The Town’s list of phone numbers comes from a variety of sources. If you receive the test phone call on September 4th, you are listed in the database. If not, simply provide your information by logging onto https://oysterbaytown.com/swift911/
How can I get a text message?
Simply provide your information by logging onto https://oysterbaytown.com/swift911/ and click on the Swift 911 link at the right. Or call 516-677-5350 to get a mail-in form.
I’d rather not be listed – how can I take my name off of the system?
Simply provide your information by logging onto https://oysterbaytown.com/swift911/. Click on the Swift 911 link at the right and select the “Remove” button. You can also call 516-677-5350 to get a mail-in form.