News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2012
City will launch text/email notification service on June 18
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will go live with a new community notification service called “Nixle” on Monday, June 18 to improve communication with people who live, work and visit the area.
Nixle provides an efficient and secure way to send neighborhood-level information to residents who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the City will send text message and email notifications to subscribers in a specific area, down to the 1/4 mile.
While the City won’t go live with this service until June 18, individuals may begin registering now for Nixle by texting their zip code to “888777”, or by visiting www.nixle.com and providing their address or nearby intersection, a cell phone number and an email address by which to receive notifications. Subscribers may then choose which information they wish to receive: alerts, advisories and/or community messages (neighborhood news).
The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department has been using this technology since April 2012. They send out notifications regarding missing persons, homicides, bomb threats and other public safety alerts.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., plans to send out information in the following instances:
Alerts will be available for urgent matters that could adversely affect life and property, such as boil orders and health pandemics. Please note, we will not be issuing alerts regarding severe weather (i.e. tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, etc.).
Advisories will be sent to residents in a specific geographic area regarding: water main breaks, wastewater overflows, major road closures, snow ordinances, food establishment closures, substantial food/drug recall, and unscheduled City office closures.
Community messages are neighborhood notifications sent via email. Examples include: scheduled trash delays, City-sponsored events, back-to-school vaccination clinics, food handler class announcements, etc.
Nixle is available at no cost to residents or to the City of Kansas City, Mo. Standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers.
Residents may receive technical and non-technical assistance directly from Nixle by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or media inquiries regarding Nixle, please contact Dennis Gagnon, City Communications Office, at 816-513-2659.