As of December 1st, 2013 the WENS Emergency Notification System will no longer be available to Shelby County Residents. The County has contracted with a new service known as Nixle. In order to receive the new alerts, you will need to sign up for these alerts. There are multiple ways to do this, including text, Smartphone, or computer.
You may even have already received a test message on your landline phone which was automatically subscribed for everyone in the county. The original press release is included below for information on how to unsubscribe if you so desire.
The Nixle system has more features than the WENS system. You can taylor the kind of alerts you receive as well as add more locations to receive information from. You can receive text alerts, emails, phone calls, and/or log in to your account. There are even more general community info type messages available in the stream of messages on your account home page at Nixle.
The system allows great flexibility for authorities. Alerts can be sent our for specific areas if needed. They can target residents within a 1/4 mile for alerts.
If you’d like to keep things simple, just text your zip code to 888777 and you will be subscribed to text only updates. You can also unsubscribe by texting STOP to 888777. Text additional zip codes to the same number if you’d like to get alerts for other areas.
Make sure and keep your family connected to the latest emergency information and get at least one method of notification set up today!
The Original Press Release
Shelby County is currently served for weather alerts and other community information from a service called WENS. This system is no longer available to our community and another product has been sought out and enlisted.
Shelby County Emergency Management will utilize a new communications service, effective December 1, 2013 that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via landline phone, cell phone, text message, and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.
Messages may include weather alerts, environmental alerts, law enforcement emergencies, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group.
The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.
Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of Shelby County and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.
A brief test phone announcement will be sent out on November 27, 2013 at 3:00pm.
This test message will only take place over the landlines phones in the Shelby County area. If you receive a call and would like to opt-out of this service, please contact EMA Director Mike Schantz at 317-392-6308 or Major David Tilford at 317-392-6413.
We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.