The Union County Sheriff’s Office, along with several public safety partners and many local governments in Union County have joined together to adopt an expanded community notification system called Nixle 360.
This system will be utilized to alert residents in real-time of local emergency situations and relevant community advisories. This new system went into effect on March 14.
Nixle 360 is designed to consolidate several notification systems into one easy to use platform. This new service will streamline the public notification process providing information to the community by text message, email, voice calls, and social media. In addition, the system includes a component for citizens to report anonymous tips.
The Nixle 360 system replaces the Code Red and Code Red Weather systems that have been used for many years in Union County. Union County, the City of Marysville, the Village of Richwood, and the Village of Plain City will also use Nixle 360 for their notification services.
It is important to note that anyone wanting to receive phone, email, or text alerts will need to register for the new Nixle 360 service. Union County and the City of Marysville are unable to transfer those registered under the Code Red system.
In addition, if you were already signed up for Nixle text messaging, you will need to update your account to receive the additional Nixle 360 notifications, such as weather alerts, emails, and phone calls. Nixle 360 includes an emergency notification system allowing public safety agencies to initiate a voice message broadcast to residents or businesses based on their geographic location.
Some examples of emergency notifications include evacuation notices, shelter in place notices, imminent threats to life or property, or any incident that could be defined as a community emergency (ex. a missing child).
To sign up, please visit the Union County Sheriff (https://www.co.union.oh.us/sheriff), Union County EMA (https://www.co.union.oh.us/ema-emergency-management-agency), or the City of Marysville (https://marysvilleohio.org/321/Community-Notification) websites and click on the Nixle icon.
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