Atlantic County plans to test its new emergency-alert system next week, and county officials are asking that residents and frequent visitors make sure the county has their current contact information.

The county recently switched to the CodeRED system, which allows officials to send geographically tailored phone messages in an emergency.

The system automatically includes all current Verizon landlines and previously registered cellphone or VoIP telephone numbers.

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Residents are asked to contact the county if they have recently moved, changed their number or are uncertain if the county has their contact information.

"We strongly encourage the public to take advantage of this service. It could mean the difference in saving lives and properties when time is so critical," county Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement.

To sign up, go to www.aclink.org or www.readyatlantic.org online and follow the link for CodeRED. A street address is required to receive geographically specific information. The county said the information will be kept confidential and only used in an emergency.

Atlantic County said it planned to test the system next week. The incoming alert will be displayed as either “Emergency Communications Network,” “866-419-5000” or both.

Registrants also may choose to receive severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The automated messages warn those in the path of severe weather, including thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods. Incoming weather alerts also will be displayed as “Emergency Communications Network” or “800-566-9780.”

CodeRED also offers an app that monitors a person’s location and allows a person to be contacted if he or she is having an emergency. The free app can be downloaded at iTunes or at Google Play.

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