The sheriff's office is now using Nixle, a system that sends the alerts using email and text messages. Several other law enforcement agencies in Northeast Wisconsin already use Nixle. There is no cost to the sheriff's office or to taxpayers, officials say.
According to a news release, Sheriff John Dennee saw a need for a mass alert system while attending a recent training session on weather preparedness.
Messages the sheriff's office plans to send out through the Nixle system include sever weather alerts, alerts about missing people, alerts about hazardous situations and informational advisories.
To sign up to receive Nixle alerts, send a text message with your ZIP code to 888777. There is no charge to sign up, but you may be charged for receiving text messages according to your wireless phone plan. To sign up to receive emails, visit the Nixle website.