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In the event of a major traffic accident, crime scene, severe weather or flooded street, the city of Sedona has been limited in its ability to notify citizens of the goings-on in a timely manner. 

That will now change. During the Tuesday, Oct. 10, Sedona City Council meeting a new public safety and communication system was discussed.

Nixle, a 10-year-old nationwide program with more than 3,000 customers, will now provide residents and visitors with real-time text message and email notifications of events impacting their drive or their safety.

It’s expected to go live on Thursday, Oct. 19. The system will speed up notification to the public, which had been slow in the past.

“We relied on some other tools that weren’t designed for a quick and immediate notification of things happening in our community,” Sedona Police Chief David McGill said.

 

Some of Nixle’s features include:

  •  Free registration, online or by text message.
  •  Individualized notification settings.
  •  Email messages that support photos, Google maps and other digital media.
  •  Web access to city notifications anywhere in the world. n An anonymous crime tip function.
  •  Messages linked to the city’s social media.
  •  Critical incident integration with Google search pages.
  •  Alerts targeted by Sedona’s ZIP code.
  •  A year-to-year contract.

“We needed something quick and easy, not only for our staff but mainly for the public to get the word out to them that we may have an incident going on,” McGill said, adding that Nixle was used at his last department in Newport Beach, Calif.

In addition to serving residents, Communication Manager Marty Macurak said Nixle’s ZIP code and keyword features will help the city share information easily with visitors, whether they travel frequently or only once a year.

In addition to safety alerts, the Public Works Department will use Nixle to share road construction and traffic notices.

To register for the free Nixle service, text Sedona’s ZIP code [86336] to 888777 from your mobile phone. Or, visit sedonaaz.gov/alerts and click on the Sign Up button at the bottom left of the alert display area.

The city will send its first test alert message on Thursday, Oct. 19. 

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