TBI to offer instant emergency alerts for mobile devices

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 12:31pm
Staff reports

It’s become the norm to receive emails, news alerts and other messages instantly via wireless device, and emergency service providers want to jump on the bandwagon too.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, beginning Sept. 1, will offer alerts via cell phone, text message and/or email.

Nixle, a community information service, will allow TBI to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone with text messages and/or email on a handheld device. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website at www.nixle.com.

Messages will include information on AMBER Alerts and Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives as well as other relevant safety and community event information. The service is reliable and free for TBI to use.

Residents of Tennessee can begin receiving pertinent TBI information via text message, email, or the web by registering at www.nixle.com. There is no spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply.