The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office is making a concerted effort to register as many parish residents as possible for the NIXLE system. A technology based alert-system, Nixle provides real-time messages via email, text and/or voice notification of information that is geographically relevant to its subscribers.
Maxine Trahan, Public Information Officer with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, who issues the advisories for the Sheriff’s Department, has made it a personal mission to spread the word about this free service. “This may be the last line of communication between us and residents in the event of an emergency like a hurricane,” says Trahan.
“The service is available at no cost to both the recipients and the agencies who sign up to use it. At this time, most local law enforcement agencies utilize it, but schools and businesses can use it as well to communicate with parents and employees,” Trahan shares.
Trahan with Rachel Trahan from the Crowley Police Department was at Wal-Mart in Crowley on Wednesday, October 1st and then with Brandon Dupuis from the Rayne Police Department at Walgreen’s in Rayne on Thursday, October 2nd to generate public awareness for the service.
Laurie Suire, Executive Director of OneAcadia, was on hand at Wal-Mart as well helping to register new Nixle users. “As part of our community building outreach and public safety mission we want to support our local law enforcement agencies. The Nixle system is timely and relevant and incredibly easy to sign up for.”
One lady at Wal-Mart shared she was already on it, and had not only signed up for her local alerts but also for the zip codes of her grown children who live far away. “It’s another way I can be connected to them,” she said.
“You can sign up to receive information for multiple areas. Signing up for the zip code in which you work would be helpful,” says Suire.
So just how easy is it to sign up? The fastest way is to begin a new text message to 888777, then enter your zip code as the message and send. You can also tailor your notifications by signing up on the internet. Go to Nixle.com, create an account (no charge) and select the agencies you’d like to receive alerts from. You can specify the types of notifications you want to receive – alerts, advisories, community notifications, Amber alerts and National notices. You can also select how you’d like to receive those messages – text (SMS), email, and/or voice messages.
For more information on the Nixle system, go to Nixle.com or call Maxine Trahan at 788-8788.