Some Rockwall County residents received winter weather alerts last week on their cell phones and home computers because they had signed up for Nixle, a free notification system that is used to communicate public safety information to registered users.

Joe DeLane, Rockwall County’s emergency management coordinator, said five weather-related messages were sent to registered Nixle users last week.

He said messages were sent when new winter storm warnings were issued or when current warnings were extended.

The system sends e-mails and/or text messages to a resident’s computer, mobile phone or smart phone devices. Nixle can be used to alert residents of urgent emergency information, such as tornado or winter storm warnings, large chemical spills or large scale power outages.

Registration for Nixle is free. Residents should go to, click “Residents Sign Up Now” and fill out the information. Residents can specify what types of messages they want to receive and where they want them sent.

There’s also an option to register from a cell phone.

DeLane said Nixle is meant to be an additional resource for receiving urgent notifications. Residents are encouraged to continue using other resources, such as a weather radio, for urgent information notification.


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