A major website is now helping millions of people stay in the know when it comes to emergencies in their communities. Google announced its teaming up with the NIXLE alert company to show active alerts.
Google expanded its emergency alert system on Google Maps, Search, and Google Now, displaying alerts from police agencies across the U.S. The new data comes courtesy of Nixle, a San Francisco based startup that makes a mobile emergency alert system for 6,500 police agencies nationwide.
Google has partnered with Nixle, a company that contracts with public safety agencies to send alerts via cellphones and social media. Police and sheriff’s departments in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles are among agencies using the service.
Television and radio have long been a source of communication from government and emergency agencies to the citizens. A weather radio is another good source of information. Cell phones are another great source. Even when lines are tied up, cell phones can receive text messages. Nixle uses a proprietary platform that allows participating police, fire and emergency agencies to send secure and authenticated real-time alerts
Through Nixle, Dearborn police send notifications about things like crime prevention tips and road conditions via emails and text messages. It’s targeted to those who live, work, go to school in and visit the city.
The New Mexico State Police has recently joined hundreds of police agencies throughout the country in subscribing to the Nixle Mass Communication System. This service is free to law enforcement agencies and is a resource we feel will prove valuable in keeping the citizens of New Mexico informed of important events throughout the state.
When homemade bottle bombs were appearing recently in Middletown, one of the ways borough police got the word out to the public was through Nixle.com. The software is used to alert the public to everything from the start of street sweeper runs to crime being committed in their neighborhood.
The New Mexico State Police has recently joined hundreds of police agencies throughout the country in subscribing to the Nixle Mass Communication System. The public can register by simply going to nixle.com to sign up and receive the important notifications in their geographic area by providing their cell phone number and zip codes in which they reside or work.
The Redondo Beach Police Department announced Tuesday it is now using Nixle Engage to send important and timely public safety information to residents of Redondo Beach. Nixle allows the police department to communicate directly with the public via text message, e-mail, and the web.
The South Brunswick Police Department aims to increase the number of residents who sign up for emergency alerts through Nixle. The department sent out fliers last week with the assistance of the South Brunswick School District, asking residents to register for the free emergency notification system. About 110 new subscribers were added on Sept. 20 alone.