GMPHN Encourages Winchester Residents to Sign Up for Free Emergency Alerts
All Winchester residents are encouraged to sign up to receive free emergency alerts from the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network (GMPHN). The GMPHN uses a system called Nixle which allows direct communication with people who sign up to receive alerts via text message and/or email. Nixle is a trusted entity that has been endorsed by the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, the Council of State Governments, the FBI, etc. Nixle is a free service (however standard text messaging rates do apply).
To sign up for text message alerts, simply text the word GMPHN to 888777.
If you want to receive both emails and text message alerts, you can register securely at no charge by visiting www.nixle.com. Click on “Sign Up Free!” and go through the simple steps to register. Once you create an account, you may select additional zip codes if you want to receive emergency alerts from other municipalities or states.
The GMPHN started utilizing Nixle during Hurricane Irene to inform Monadnock residents about flood warnings in the region. The GMPHN encourages all Monadnock residents to sign up for Nixle so they can receive alerts about disasters or other conditions in the area (such as a tornado warning, public health emergency, shelters opened during a snow storm, etc.)
Article submitted by:
Amanda N. Gaspard, MPH, CHEP, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Regional SNS Coordinator for the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network.