Engaging the public with important information wherever they are when it matters most. This is exactly what the St. Joseph Police Department strives to do by utilizing NIXLE to send out public alerts. NIXLE is a software platform that partners with Google to combine both community engagement and emergency management through public safety agencies. Since most everyone is connected to a cellular device or email account, NIXLE is a quick and easy way to deliver emergency updates to its users.
Examples of incident alerts the community could receive include missing persons, hazmat, severe weather, traffic accidents involving road closures or delays along with other emergency services incidents. NIXLE can also be used to push out information regarding traffic information on major community events such as the Sounds of Speed Airshow.
Living in Northwest Missouri, NIXLE can be very helpful in receiving notifications of tornado watches, tornado warnings, tornado siren monthly testing and emergency snow route closures and releases.
NIXLE is public-dependent in that one must subscribe to receive alerts. Sign up is free and easy with the ability to opt out at any time. Your address is required in order for the alerts to be specific to your geographic location. Users can select whether they prefer to receive alerts via text message, email or both. They can also select what type of alerts they want to receive including alerts on all aspects of community information or limited alerts to only be notified when there is an emergency which threatens life or property.
NIXLE is an excellent tool for getting out information in a disaster, but like with most tools it comes with some limitations. NIXLE will not make your phone ring or sound an alarm aside from your personal text or email notification. While NIXLE is used to get information out, it may not wake you up. For this reason, make sure your wireless emergency alerts are turned on.
To sign up, visit Nixle.com, download the app on your cellular device or simply send a text message to 888777 with your zip code to opt in. Users can also check for updated alerts on the online website rather than receiving text messages or email notifications.