The Sunnyside Police Department last August partnered with Nixle, LLC, a community information service designed to deliver important information to residents. The free service for local residents is being expanded.
The service uses the latest technology, according to the Sunnyside Police Department Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.
She said, "It delivers trustworthy and timely neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail and text message."
All school lockdown information will be delivered via the free service effective today (Thursday), and the police department is encouraging local residents to register with www.nixle.com for public updates such as school lockdowns.
Hinderlider said the department will no longer call schools or daycare centers to notify them of lockdown information. Messages, instead, will be distributed through Nixle as of next Monday, May 24.
Residents can register for the service by logging on to the website and registering as a community resident or by text messaging the local zip code to 888777.
When registering for the text message service, enter the mobile phone number being used. This certifies that the individual requesting the service is the account holder or has the account holder's permission to receive the messages.
Upon registration of the mobile number a single opt in welcome message will be received. The recipient must reply "YES" to continue receiving text messages.
"Once you accept the terms of service, you will be registered to receive community notifications via text and email," shared Hinderlider.
Questions regarding the service can be answered on the Nixle website. Questions regarding messages sent by the Sunnyside Police Department can be answered by calling 837-2120.