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Comanche County Emergency Management (CCEM) will utilize a new mass notification system that allows officials to send emergency information directly to residents via text and/or email.

Nixle is a FREE service that allows public safety officials to create and publish messages for subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. There is NO spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.

The types of emergencies and notifications Nixle can be used for include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Weather watches, advisories and warnings
* Evacuations
* Fire in your area that could put you at risk
* Bomb threats
* Hostage situations
* Drinking water contamination or boil water notice
* Missing persons
* For any emergency reason deemed necessary by city/county officials

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

Residents of Comanche County can immediately begin receiving emergency information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.