Detroit Homeland Security Office Uses New Service to Send Out Alerts


The City of Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is using the Nixle Community Information Service to create and instantly publish important and emergency messages directly to residents via cell phone text message, email, or online at

The service is available to subscribed residents.  Messages may include community events, traffic incidents, and other relevant public safety and emergency information. The service is secure, reliable and easy to use.

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a 1/4 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 residents receive information from the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

Residents of Detroit and neighboring communities can begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and the Web by registering at, or texting DETROIT to 888777.