The free (to consumers) Nixle service has been around since 2007, but I only heard about it last week. Once I checked it out, I signed up immediately!
I can’t describe Nixle any better than the site’s own Resident FAQ does, so here’s their answer to the question, “What is Nixle?”
Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you.
Our service is built on the most secure, reliable, and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you receive trusted and immediate, geographically relevant information. Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer.
What messages would I receive through Nixle?
Only authenticated agencies and community organizations can securely publish information. There are four types of messages; Alerts (many would refer to this as an emergency type alert), Advisories (less urgent need-to-know information), Community Information (day-to-day neighborhood to community-level information), Traffic (very localized traffic information).
Can anyone track my location by using the system?
What do you do with my contact information? Will third parties contact me?
Information shared by users with Nixle is stored on a secure server in a secure facility. The company does not sell personal information to third parties. The privacy of your personal information is extremely important to us.
My Experience With Nixle So Far
When you sign up you can choose whether to receive Nixle alerts via email, text message or both. I only signed up for email alerts. You can also choose to login to the Nixle website and view your messages there.
In the week since I signed up, I’ve received email alerts about a traffic accident in my neighborhood, the arrest of a suspected violent offender in my town, an all points bulletin from my local police department asking for the public’s help in locating a local man suspected in a recent homicide (including name and photo), and a report about street closures in my neighborhood related to utility vehicle activity.
The service is totally free to consumers, but it probably supports itself with fees paid by businesses and local government agencies that use the service. I really like getting information that can help me work around local traffic snarls and stay up-to-date on matters of community safety.
Click here to sign up for Nixle’s free service. Note that I do not receive any kind of fee or other compensation for sharing the Nixle service with my readers, it’s just something I recently discovered that I feel is very helpful and can recommend.
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