City launches community alert system
The City of Newton has launched a Community Notification System to alert residents by text, email or phone call for local emergency situations and relevant community advisories.
As a resident, there are several ways to register:
- Text 67114 to 888-777 from your mobile phone.
- Visit www.newtonkansas.com/alerts.
- Visit www.nixle.com.
Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to www.nixle.com and creating a user profile.
“We think this system will be a fantastic tool for keeping residents informed and safe,” City Manager Bob Myers said. “We’re excited to have this kind of technology available in the community.”
The City plans to send out information in the following instances:
- Alerts will be sent for urgent matters that could affect life and property, such as severe weather warnings, police and fire activity, boil orders and public health emergencies.
- Advisories will be sent to residents regarding water main breaks, major road closures, trash pickup delays, and other important service information.
- Community messages will include more everyday news, such as City-sponsored event updates and holiday trash schedule reminders.
The service is available at no cost to residents. Standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers.
Founded in 2009, Nixle provides a mass communications hub built exclusively for government to provide secure, reliable, and relevant information to residents in real-time. Today, over 7,200 agencies around the United States rely on Nixle for community engagement and emergency communications. Nixle’s exclusive partnerships with NLETS, Google and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children allows local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.