South Fulton launching info service

South Fulton launching info service
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
South Fulton is getting the word out.
The city is launching a new no-cost community information service — Nixle — to improve communication with people who live, work and visit the area.
South Fulton city manager Debra Craig said the system provides “a quick and secure way to get community information out to people who sign up for the service.”
Through a website — www.nixle.com — South Fulton’s city agencies will be able to send text and email messages with up-to-the minute alerts and updates to anyone who subscribes to the system, according to Mrs. Craig.
South Fulton residents may register for the service free of charge online at www.nixle.com. They can sign up by creating an account and entering an email address and cell phone number where they would like to receive messages.
According to Nixle, notifications might be considered in a number of instances, such as:
• An adult with Alzheim-er’s disease or a young child walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the vulnerable adult or the child with a map identifying the area in which they were last seen.
• A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what’s happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety.
• A serious injury or fatal crash results in police closing down a street for several hours. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route.
Some other uses might include large-scale public works projects; traffic safety implications around large fire scenes; community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc.; details about a case of H1N1 (“swine flu”) in the area; city commission meeting information; or utility outage advisories.
Through Nixle, messages can be securely delivered to citizens by email and cell phone, supporting and expanding South Fulton’s community outreach efforts.
Mrs. Craig said the system will be most effective when there is a large number of subscribers.
“Please spread the word about our use of the system,” she said.
Nixle is a secure communications service available to municipal, county and state government agencies. The system is available at no cost to citizens, but standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers.
Anyone who has suggestions for potential Nixle publications that might interest citizens is asked to share them with city officials by calling South Fulton City Hall at (731) 479-2151. Residents can receive technical and non-technical assistance directly from Nixle by sending an email to support@nixle.com. Published in The Messenger 3.5.12

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