Monday, February 14, 2011
|Bernalillo County Emergency Management is now using a new communications service to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle service allows the county to create and publish messages to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email.
When UNM Hospital had an active shooter in its midst last month, it sought the assistance of the Bernalillo County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to help warn the public. The result was a text alert message that was instantaneously issued and received by 97 residents.
Last week’s winter storm brought to the forefront the importance of constant and timely communication. During times like those--how, when and where information is received is paramount. OEM issued text alerts to prepare the public for the coming snow storm last week. One hundred ten residents received the alert on their phones.
Starting today, OEM will officially go live with a new communications service that will send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. At noon today, OEM will send out a test message using the Nixle Community Information Service. The Nixle service allows the county to create and publish messages to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email.
“In today’s world, you have to trust the source of your information,” states Commission Chair, Maggie Hart Stebbins. “Residents of Bernalillo County can rest easy knowing that the messages they receive through this service are authentic.”
Residents of Bernalillo County and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information by registering atwww.nixle.com.
Subscribers can choose the way alerts are received--whether by email, text message, or over the web. The service is reliable and free for county and public use. There is no spam and there are no hidden costs, although standard text messaging rates do apply.
“Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to their residents,” says Tom Zdunek, Interim County Manager.
Initial notifications will include advisories on pending inclement weather situations and alerts for immediate threats to the community. Community information about county meetings and events will also be incorporated into the service by spring.
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