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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winterâ€™s 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 Sheriffâ€™s 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.
â€śI think this is going to be very useful with winter approaching and the roads being slick and hazardous,â€ť said Broxon-Ball. â€śSince weâ€™ve been using this, Iâ€™ve sent out several alerts on road closures due to vehicle accidents.â€ť
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.
â€śItâ€™s nice to have and so far itâ€™s been well received,â€ť said Broxon-Ball.
At one point, Broxon-Ball said she knew approximately 109 people had signed up for the free service.
â€śWeâ€™ve had several positive calls on the service, but weâ€™d still like to see more people sign up for this,â€ť said Broxon-Ball.
To sign up for Nixle, visit www.nixle.com.
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