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New Jersey State Police Add Texting to Emergency Communications with Nixle

Date: 2012-03-21
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New Jersey residents will now be able to receive critical information from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) on their cell phones and PDAs with the use of a free, web-based service.

The NJSP and NJOEM will be using a service called Nixle Connect to deliver important and time sensitive information to the residents of New Jersey. Nixle Connect is an application that allows verified government agencies to communicate with the public via text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts. This service is provided at no cost to the department, taxpayers, or residents and unlike other social media applications, Nixle does not contain any 3rd party advertisements.

Messages from the State Police would include reports of missing persons (including AMBER Alerts), traffic incidents with extended delays, crime information, safety tips, community outreach programs, and other public safety information.

NJOEM will use Nixle to disseminate information regarding large-scale emergencies and disasters, evacuations, and to amplify emergency messages from county or federal emergency management partners when necessary.

“We are excited to use Nixle as part of our comprehensive communication strategy,” commented Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. “This service allows us to send real-time information directly to the public in critical situations. Whether it’s a natural disaster alert or a missing child advisory, we can now reach New Jersey residents wherever they may be.”

The power of this application is increased as more people register. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com.

For more information, visit www.njsp.org or www.nixle.com.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Nixle, 3/20/12)

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