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‘NIXLE’ alert service is working

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

This is a direct article from the Cleveland Daily Banner by Greg Kaylor and is being broadcast in this venue to share information with the public!

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/16645769/article-%E2%80%98Nixle%E2%80%99-alert-service–is-working?instance=latest_articles

This article by its pure content informs the public of a new service that is being implemented in our community! It is very well written but fails to mention anything about it’s purpose or it’s overall goals for our community that a little research has revealed!

I know Troy Spence personally and this is no negative reflection on him as I believe in my heart that he sees the short term good via EMA that this program when implemented if locally used will be good for our community! I sincerely believe he trusts the system to do just that! What I don’t think happened was the research was not dome nor the “next step” well defined!

Often, as I will lay out for you in the next few BCN articles there is much more to the story than simply an implementation of a “free” program that will make our world a better place! “Free” as the word is being use pretty liberally lately in the political landscape around me made my ears perk up and pay attention! Free does not really mean free when the US, State or local governments are involved somehow! There is alot more to this than simply a free service!

Our local government and EMA service is going to recieve money from NIXLE grants that will come our way after we as a county purchase the “software” so to speak and implement the bigger NLETS program!

This is big, huge! So don’t try to understand it all in the context if this article cause believe me you will not get it all in this one blog!

Be patient and wait for the upcoming posts to fully understand this program, cause once again to no one else surprises but mine the UNITED NATIONS is once again stealthily appearing and applying their fangs into our community and nation and not a soul is too alarmed by it!

Ease read this article and pay close attention to the words free, international and NIXLE and I will make the connection in the near future! Enjoy!

For the past few weeks, officials at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency have been working on an exciting project which will keep area residents informed of virtually any emergency event which could come our way.

“Nixle” is a new communications tool used to get the word out in the event of impending situations and will also be used to keep residents informed of how the agency is handling emergencies and what the public should be doing during the event.

“We will utilize the new communications service which we placed into service Thursday. It allows us to send valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology,” said County Mayor Gary Davis.

“The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at http://www.nixle.com.

“The service is provided at no expense to residents or the county, while most systems range in price from $30,000 to $50,000,” EMA Director Troy Spence explained.

In making the announcement Davis, commended Spence and his staff for this new innovation.

“It is the responsibility of the Emergency Management Agency to inform the public of actual or impending large scale incidents,” Davis said.

Spence said, “our duty is to inform the public of:

n What the actual situation is;

n What emergency responders are doing to help the situation; and

n What they need to do to stay out of the incident or what they can do to help the situation.

“The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group,” Spence added.

Messages will be prioritized as Alerts (weather warnings, severe storms), Advisories (school closings, missing persons) or Community (Smoke testing, Block Party street closings) messages and may include other relevant safety and community event information.

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a community 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 which of the three messages are received and 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 residents receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted,” Spence said.

Residents of Cleveland and Bradley County and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at http://www.nixle.com.

“We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself,” Spence said.

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