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COLUMBIA CITY â With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winterâs chill, Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said she is pleased to know weather information can be received by local residents in an instant â through the Nixle Community Information Service.
The service, which was launched Nov. 1, is a county-wide effort between Whitley County Sheriffâs Department dispatch, the Whitley County Emergency Management Department, the City of Columbia City, the towns of Churubusco and South Whitley and the Whitley County Highway Department. It allows instant access to alerts and advisories via text message, e-mail or online.
âI think this is going to be very useful with winter approaching and the roads being slick and hazardous,â said Broxon-Ball. âSince weâve been using this, Iâve sent out several alerts on road closures due to vehicle accidents.â
Broxon-Ball said she can also post information she receives from the state police on Silver and Amber Alerts â getting the information out to the public as quickly as possible.
âItâs nice to have and so far itâs been well received,â said Broxon-Ball.
At one point, Broxon-Ball said she knew approximately 109 people had signed up for the free service.
âWeâve had several positive calls on the service, but weâd still like to see more people sign up for this,â said Broxon-Ball.
To sign up for Nixle, visit www.nixle.com.
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