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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sign up for Plainfield's new emergency alerts

The Nixle website is simple and easy to use...
 

Today is the perfect time to sign up for Plainfield's new emergency alert system, which will keep you abreast of weather-related and other emergency situations in Plainfield (and other communities in which you are interested).

The service is offered free to public safety agencies nationwide by Nixle.com, and we have Mayor Adrian Mapp's new police director, Carl Riley, to thank for signing Plainfield up for the service (though Plainfield Today pointed it out over a year ago, the previous administration nixed the idea).

You can receive the alerts by text message or email.
TEXT MESSAGE
To get alerts as a text message on your cellphone, simply text your ZIP code (07060, 07062 or 07063) to 888777.
EMAIL
Nixle will also send alerts to your email.

Simply register online (see here), where you can designate your email, phone number and language you wish to be notified in.

It's all free and incredibly simple.
OTHER USES
You will also find the Nixle site (here) is handy if you want to check conditions in any other community you may be interested in (some place you have to make a business trip to, a distant loved one's community, the town where a child attends college -- you name it).

You may search by ZIP code or town name. (If you searched on 'Plainfield', you would find communities of this name in thirteen states.) Your results will include the town you designate, plus other nearby communities.
Now that the Mapp administration has taken up this handy tool, you will want to become a user.

Do it now, while you're snowed in and thinking of it. You'll be glad you did.


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3 comments:

Terri Slaughter-Cabbell said...

I signed up when I saw in in the Star Ledger on Jan 27, great system. I've been getting texts every day since. This morning I got texts on all the Roads that were closed, which was great because we had to figure a way for my Husband to get to 78 since Hillcrest was closed. I really recommend the system.

Anonymous said...

Seeing as how Nixle disclaims any responsibility for distributing malware and does not even assert it will not knowingly do so I would advise anyone to avoid using this service because the user is effectively giving them permission to install malware on the user's computer.

Here is a quote from the Terms of Service, "NEITHER WE NOR OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS NOR OUR LICENSORS MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE (1) REGARDING THE RELIABILITY, USEFULNESS, ADEQUACY, SUITABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR VALIDITY OF THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENT, NOR (2) THAT THE WEB SITE OR THE SITE THAT HOSTS THE WEB SITE ARE FREE FROM ANY COMPUTER VIRUSES, "WORMS" OR "TROJAN HORSES," ANY OTHER TYPE OF DESTRUCTIVE OR MALICIOUS COMPUTER CODE (BY WHATEVER NAME IT IS CALLED), OR ANY UNAUTHORIZED COMPUTER CODE WHICH IS ATTACHED TO, OR MADE A PART OF, THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENT BY ANY PERSON, GROUP OR ORGANIZATION. "

Anonymous said...

I signed up but getting nagging robocalls to attend a public meeting is NOT an emergency or appropriate use if the system in my opinion. Even more annoying is that there is no clear guidance in how to cancel getting these calls. I want to stop these calls but want to get notifications of TRUE emergencies. What to do??