Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

By Barbara Wallace

Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood?  Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Nixle is a community information service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you. The service is built on the most secure, reliable and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you receive trusted and immediate, geographically relevant information.

Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department intends for Nixle to be an additional source of information for residents of San Diego County.

While we intend for Nixle to be helpful during times of important incidents, Nixle does not take the place of official emergency notifications conducted through “Reverse 911®.”

For situations where the public is being asked to take immediate action to ensure their safety (evacuations, shelter-in-place, imminent threat to life or property, disaster notifications, etc.), Reverse 911® or Alert San Diego® will be used as the primary means of community emergency notifications. In these situations, Nixle Alert messages are only used to supplement Reverse 911® or Alert San Diego® notifications.

Only authenticated government agencies and community organizations can securely publish information. There are four types of messages: Alerts (many would refer to this as an emergency type alert), Advisories (less urgent need-to-know information), Community Information (day-to-day neighborhood to community-level information), and Traffic (very localized traffic information).

Anyone can view information by going to without registering. However, to customize the information you receive and the locations you receive it from, in addition to receiving information by text message and/or email, you must set up an account. Once registered you can personalize your locations and your preferences, making the service fit your needs.

Take the time to register at It’s free and easy to use. If you have any questions, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace at the sheriff’s Ramona substation at 760-738-2425.

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