NORWALK - Local police and government officials are urging residents to sign up for reverse 911 alerts.

Officials say that after Tropical Storm Irene, the October snowstorm and this week's manhunt for a murder suspect, the importance of the alerts has rapidly increased.

Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia says officials would be able to reach thousands in the event of an emergency.

Officials say most landline numbers are already registered, but say cell phones are key.

The public safety message from the state says, "We can't alert you, if we can't reach you."

Governor's storm review panel to meet today in Hartford