The Decatur County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is urging city and county residents to participate in an annual registration blitz for NIXLE alert messages.
“The main reason to participate in this registration is the ability to specify to receive messages issued only by Decatur County Emergency Management,” said EMA director Rob Duckworth.
Since its first arrival in Decatur County in June 2011, after the May tornado, more than 2,300 subscribers are currently enrolled. After Decatur County began using the system, many neighboring counties began using NIXLE, along with the Indiana State Police. Under the previous enrollment method of texting 47240 to number 888777, residents were advised of any event by an agency who provides service to the zip code of 47240 in response to a statewide event.
Using the current enrollment method, Decatur County/City of Greensburg of residents will be able to reduce the number of text messages received and receive only those messages issued specifically by Decatur County or Greensburg officials. Many residents received road closing announcements from Franklin County inadvertently due to parts of Franklin County being covered by the zip code 47240.
If you are already enrolled in NIXLE, text “stop” to 888777 to stop messages, then text “decaturco,” and you will be enrolled to receive messages issued only through Decatur County Emergency Management.
If you are setting up a new enrollment, simply text “decaturco” to 888777.
“This annual enrollment process is similar to changing the batteries in your smoke detector during the fall and making sure you are prepared for hazardous weather,” Duckworth said. Decatur County has only 12 outdoor warning sirens, of which more than five are installed to cover an adjoining county.
Take time to make sure your number is up to date to receive weather-related and hazard information in a timely manner, whether you are indoors or out. You may also receive alerts by following EMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DecaturCountyEMA or Twitter as @DecaturEMA. NIXLE alerts are also posted to these sites when a text alert is sent.
— Daily News