2 months, 1 week ago by Jim Dewey
System will enhance what is already in place
Adams County officials are introducing a new emergency notification system to the public this month.
The system uses a text based platform called NIXLE that will send text messages or e-mails to registered users.
That will give authorities the ability to rapidly send emergency messages such as evacuations - emergency road closures disaster information - dangerous person information - missing person information and more to the public.
The NIXLE system does not replace conventional methods of emergency alerting like the national Emergency Alert System which alerts the public over television and AM/FM radio broadcast signals and NOAA weather alert radios.
NIXLE will augment these systems for local emergency situations, but will not send out routine weather watches and warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service.
There is no charge to sign up or receive NIXLE messages, but message rates may apply from your cell phone provider.
The NIXLE system is completely anonymous even to local response agencies. The system does not allow email addresses or phone numbers to be viewed so privacy will be maintained and numbers and addresses cannot be sold or provide to other entities.
Individuals can register by sending the key word “ADAMSCOUNTY” to 888777, or visit www.co.adams.il.us/nixle and sign-up online.
Interested individuals can also get assistance signing up for the service on Wednesday evening 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Adams County Health Department preparedness fair.