Staying up to date during power outages, severe weather, and other emergency situations in Manchester has never been easier thanks to free, simple mobile communication tools.

All residents are encouraged to sign up with Nixle, a secure and identity-certified communication service allowing for instant telephone, text message, email and online updates. The registration process can be completed on any cell phone capable of sending and receiving text messages; simply text the word Manchester to the phone number 888777. Or, register online by visiting and clicking the “Sign Up for Emergency Notifications” link.


Messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a quarter mile radius, or to all the residents within the Township. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted. Messages may include high priority alerts, weather, traffic and/or other public safety advisories, or an assortment of pertinent community notifications.

By having the option to target specific geographical areas or the ability to create a Township-wide broadcast, we can choose who receives a message based on its relevance to that particular area. Residents also have the option to receive additional notifications from surrounding agencies that also use the Nixle platform.

Simplifying matters further, residents can use communications tools provided by JCP&L to receive and report power outage updates. Using a series of short codes, customers can send text messages to 544487 (LIGHTS) to report a power outage, request a status update on a reported outage, or make billing inquiries. More information is available at

JCP&L also offers a mobile website and smartphone app allowing residents an easy way to report outages, manage accounts, and contact customer service. The mobile website is available at and the app can be downloaded by searching for “FirstEnergy” or “JCP&L” in the iPhone or Android app stores.