The Camden County Emergency Management Agency is working with a company called Nixle to implement a community notification system that will be able to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.

Camden County residents can now get real-time to their mobile phones through a new partnership.

The Camden County Emergency Management Agency is working with a company called Nixle to implement a community notification system that will be able to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.

“This is a free service provided by Camden County Emergency Management and we will NOT overload you with messages, of course test message rates may apply if you don’t have a text plan on your mobile phone,” said CCEMA Director Ron Gentry in a press release. “We gave this some thought and in this day and age we believe that most everyone that has a mobile phone has a text plan with that service.”

Alerts will be targeted geographically, according to Gentry, allowing residents to receive only relevant localized announcements.

The service is secure, reliable and easy to use, Gentry added.

Nile alerts can be sent via text, email, web, social media and the Nixle Mobile App. Nile is partnered with NLETS for data security as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Blue Alert Network and Google for reach and two-way information exchange.

More than 7,200 agencies around the U.S. use Nixle for community engagement and emergency communications.

CCEMA is excited for citizens to try the service themselves, said Gentry.

To register, text your zip code to 888777 from your mobile phone. Or, go to ema65020.org and sign up via the Nixle widget.

Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their device. Residents may also customer alert settings by going to www.nixle.com and creating a user profile.

Camden County follows the lead of Morgan County Emergency Management and Osage Beach Fire Protection District which have been offering text alerts for several years now.