NIXLE ALERT SYSTEM RETURNS
RAHWAY – The Rahway Police
Department has decided to re-implement the Nixle Alert System.
In April the department decided to
scale back using Nixle because the firm decided to change the
department’s free service to a paid service at a cost of $3,000
- $5,000 per year, which department decided was not in the best
interest of the taxpayers. On Aug. 11, the department was
notified that Nixle has changed its decision regarding costs and
will again offer public safety agencies the full use of the
Nixle Alert System at no cost.
The Nixle Alert System allows the
Rahway Police Department to send important, valuable community
information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Service allows the police department to create and
publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents
instantly via cellular phone text message (SMS) and/or e-mail.
Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at
Messages may include traffic updates
and road closures, Amber Alerts, and emergency storm and flood
notifications, as well as other relevant safety and community
event information. According to Rahway Police Chief John Rodger,
"We are pleased to again offer Nixle as a way to communicate
with the Citizens of Rahway without incurring any additional
costs for using this valuable service. The Nixle Alert system
was our primary source of getting information to our residents
during the recent hurricane. "
The service is reliable and free for
governmental use. The messages are generally targeted
specifically to residents registered within and immediately near
a specific community, giving them the opportunity to receive
trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood.
Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive
information. Additionally, subscribers can choose the way in
which alerts are received, whether it is by e-mail, text
message, or via the Internet.
There is no spam and no hidden cost,
although standard text messaging rates do apply. Nixle builds on
the foundations of other public-to-public communication services
and will work in conjunction with the Rahway Police Department’s
web page and The County of Union’s First Alert System.
Residents of Rahway, and those in
neighboring communities, can immediately begin receiving
pertinent information via text message, email, and web by