By Scott Bolthouse
Nixle is an internet-based, community information service that allows an official law enforcement or government entity to publish messages and send them directly to subscribed residents. The Huron Township Department of Public Safety uses this service to communicate with the public and they encourage residents to sign up for this free service as soon as possible.
Subscribers will receive important messages depending on the preferences they set up at the time of registration — usually via an email, text message.
Sign up for notifications and view the department’s Nixle page here: https://local.nixle.com/huron-township-police-department-wayne-county/
Signing up for alerts from the public safety department will keep you better informed.
On Jan. 10, Huron Public Safety sounded the weather sirens in the township due to a high wind warning that was in effect for our area, and many residents called 911 to ask the reasoning for the sirens, which flooded the dispatch lines.
“One thing I ask is that the public subscribes to Nixle or that they follow the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins at the Jan. 11 Board of Trustees meeting.
Robbins said that in most cases, he will put an alert on Nixle and on Facebook before the alarms are set off, so that the public knows why ahead of time. Of course, some emergency situations could call for an immediate sounding of the alarms, without prior notice.
Other types of Nixle messages that the department may send out include police situations such as missing children, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
“We believe Nixle can allow us to get information out to our residents quickly and efficiently,” Robbins said.
“Creating community partnerships is our number one priority and this is a great way to keep our residents informed and involved.”
Nixle is secure and trustworthy. When residents receive information from an entity using Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
With Nixle, you can add as many law enforcement networks as you wish. Residents can receive messages from neighboring communities as well as their own.