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City of Russell Launches New Communications Service

City of Russell LogoThe City of Russell will utilize a new communications service, effective November 1, that will allow city officials to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service will allow the city to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle's web site at www.nixle.com.

Notifications may include:

  • A young child or adult with Alzheimer's disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with information identifying the area at which they were last seen.
  • A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what's happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety.
  • A serious crash in which police close down an intersection for several hours. The notification to subscribers who live or work in the area can select a different route to work.
  • Other uses: Large-scale public works projects, mosquito spraying activities, community events such as parades, fireworks, etc., city council meeting information, and utility outage advisories or boil orders.

Nixle's Community Information Service is free to residents who access the notifications by e-mail and online at www.nixle.com. Information received via SMS/text message is received as part of their text-messaging plan (standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers).

Residents can register by texting the word RUSSELLCITY to 888777 or they can register online at www.russellcity.org by providing their cell phone number and an email address by which to receive notifications from the City of Russell. Citizens then choose which messages they receive on which devices.

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