“The department is using Nixle, a mass communications platform, to share alerts regarding emergency situations, training exercises, and other important events with residents around the state. Schools, local governments and businesses can also sign up to receive alerts through the system. Alerts can be targeted geographically or sent statewide, and can be delivered via text, email, voice messages, the internet, social media and the Nixle mobile app. The service is free, secure, reliable and easy to use.”
The free program is called Nixle. It is free, and easy to sign up for. All you do is text your zip code to 888777. Kincaid says tools like Nixle could help in the situation of an active shooter, alerting everyone to leave, or stay away from the area.
The city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania is cleaning up the streets, tightening security and clearing the roads in preparation for Pope Francis’s arrival. Samantha Phillips, director of Emergency Management for the city encouraged residents to sign up for real-time alerts by texting “papalvisit” to 888-777.
Whether it is posting videos of suspects on Facebook, or sending out Nixle alerts to residents, social media integration is essential to law enforcement. The Beloit Police Department has succesfull used social media for press releases, keeping the community enformed, and asking for help with finding suspects.
Wyckoff Township was just named the fifth safest town in New Jersey. This awared is in part contributed to their outstanding ability to communicate between law enforcement and their citizens. As a Nixle user, they are able to communicate with residents using text, emails, and phone calls in case of crime or other public safety issues.
In Hawaii, Hurrican Guillermo is looming and residents are encouraged to expect the worst while conditions are uncertain. One of the ones they can prepare is to sign up for Nixle to receive emergency updates directly to their cell phone from officials sources.
Tornadoes kill 70 people and injure 1,500 more every year in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nixle pushes the latest advisories from more than 5,000 public safety agencies, such as your local fire department. Messages are given different priority levels and mapped out
One Alabama police department is using severe weather as an opportunity to promote a system that can give you real-time weather updates. Madison Police say the Nixle alerts allowed drivers to avoid hazardous road spots during a blast of wintry weather earlier this month. The police department does not keep tabs on total registration, but said they expect to see a lot more people signing up for Nixle this week in light of the severe weather threat.
If you live in Sioux Falls and subscribe to the Nixle system through your cell phone or email, you already know about a couple of cases. What you may not know is that it involves a new way Sioux Falls Police hope to track down suspects. The program is Nixle, a voluntary alert service that goes through your cell phone or email. It’s now being used to help solve a string of related crimes
After four shelter-in-place warnings sounded during fall semester, UC officials made changes to its opt-in system to alert students about crime.Previously, students signed up for text message alerts through the OneStop website, but UC’s emergency text message alert system will be changed to an opt-out service for students, rather than an opt-in service.Nixle — a company with the technological capability to send a substantial amount of alerts at one time — powers the emergency text message service.