QCS Senior Writer
An alert system that New Mexico State Police have used to communicate information to other public safety departments is now being offered to the public statewide with the goal of keeping residents informed and safe.
State Police officials announced Wednesday that residents can now sign up for the State Police’s community messaging service “Nixle,” which will alert them by text and email about traffic alerts, road closures, severe weather alerts, Amber alerts, silver alerts and more.
The development of this system began early this year, Capt. Jimmy Glascock said.
Glascock said the system gave State Police a way to spread information concerning road closures, Amber alerts and other advisories amongs other pubic safety agencies. He said making this service available to the public enhances the State Police’s initiative to provide residents with relevant and important information.
Glascock said Nixle will send out alerts and advisories to cell phone numbers via text and to e-mail addresses for those who sign up for the service. He said that in the future, State Police plan to develop localized alerts, but for now, persons who sign up will receive statewide messages.
Glascock said Quay County residents, for example, will be able to receive road closure alerts for Interstate 40 and U.S. 54 during severe weather. That, he said, might reduce the number of calls to dispatch inquiring about road status.