December 23, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Emergency, Community Information Available Via nixle.com

subscribe to nixleWith the winter-weather season approaching, the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management urges citizens to subscribe to the Nixle community information service for updates on severe weather and its impact on the community.

A number of Springfield-Greene County agencies are participating in Nixle, including: Emergency Management, City of Springfield, Springfield Police, City Utilities, Springfield-Greene County Health, Greene County and Springfield-Greene County Parks.

The Nixle service (www.nixle.com) is free for both subscribers and participating agencies and offers the options of subscribing via e-mail, the Web and/or text messages. There is NO advertising or Spam on Nixle. Users will receive real-time information directly from participating agencies in their preferred choices of text message, e-mail or Web.

Nixle requires agencies to go through an authentication process to participate in the service. Subscribers can be assured that information sent through Nixle is coming from the verified Springfield-Greene County agencies and is not based on rumors or hoaxes. Subscribers can receive information from all the participating agencies through one account and can tailor their account to receive the information that is most relevant to them.

“Nixle should be a part of everyone in our community’s personal readiness plan for emergency situations,” Emergency Management Director Ryan Nicholls said. “This will be a key way in which we are communicating emergency management information directly to citizens.”

Citizens may subscribe at: www.nixle.com. The registration process is quick and free. (Standard text message charges would apply for those who choose text-based delivery, but don’t have unlimited text cell-phone plans.)

The information provided via Nixle includes: severe weather advisories, road-construction updates, police information, emergency management/public safety alerts and advisories, significant utility outages, health advisories, public meetings and special events and more.

Citizens who already subscribe to Twitter can receive Nixle updates by following these Twitter accounts: www.twitter.com/cityofsgf; www.twitter.com/sgchd; www.twitter.com/gcoem; and www.twitter.com/theparkboard.

Nixle is a privately funded LLC based in New Jersey and California. Launched earlier this year, Nixle has more than 3,000 jurisdictions in 49 states using the system for their communities. It expects to register its 1 millionth user by the end of this year.

For more information, contact: Emergency Management Director Ryan Nicholls at 417-869-6040; Louise Whall, City Director of Public Information, at 417-864-1010; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Greene County Public Information Officer, at 417-829-6019 or 417-379-5713.

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Office of Emergency Management

Public Safety Center • 330 W. Scott St. • Springfield, MO 65802
417-869-6040 • greenecountymo.org/oem