City launches public safety notifications
SEDONA, Ariz. -- The city of Sedona has launched a public safety notification system to provide residents and visitors with real-time text message and email notifications of critical incidents, traffic impacts, road construction notifications and severe weather alerts. The city’s partnership with Nixle features seamless social media and worldwide Google public safety integration.
“Nixle is designed to get messages out quickly,” says Police Chief David McGill. “Visitors and residents can easily opt in and out of text messages, or set up email delivery, or simply check our web page to see the alerts.”
- 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
- An anonymous crime tip function
- Social media posts
- Critical incident integration with Google search result pages
- Alerts targeted by Sedona’s zip code.
In addition to serving residents, Communication Manager Marty Macurak says Nixle’s zip code and keyword features will help the city share information easily with visitors, whether they travel here frequently or only once a year.
“We’re excited to partner with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to promote Nixle to our tourism-based businesses and their customers,” she says. “Visitors who come for large events such as the Sedona Marathon can opt-in by keyword and know they’ll only get messages relevant to the event. It’s very convenient.”
In addition to safety alerts, the Public Works Department will use Nixle to share road construction and traffic notices.
There are two easy ways to register for the free Nixle service:
1. Text Sedona’s zip code – 86336 – to 888777 from your mobile phone.
2. Visit sedonaaz.gov/alerts and hit the Sign Up button at the bottom-left of the alert display area. If you don’t want to receive text messages, submit only an email address. Your home address and phone number are not required.
Individual alert settings can be customized by type of alert, hours of notification, and method of delivery.
The city will send its first test alert message on Oct. 19. Visit sedonaaz.gov/alerts to see the FAQs, see alerts and sign-up for the service.