Are You Hurricane Ready?

Brunswick GA I The Islander Jekyll Island residents now have a new tool to get timely, thorough emergency notifications.The Jekyll Island Authority recently announced a partnership with Nixle, a company that provides a mass-communications platform for governments and public agencies that enables them to send out emergency notices and other alerts to a large number of subscribers. According to JIA marketing director Meggan Hood, Nixle serves in thousands of communities, all over the country, from anywhere as large as St. Louis and Los Angeles, to as small as Habersham County, Georgia. 

   “The system is a platform that lives on a cloud, so it’s not attached to servers. Nor is it attached to anybody’s personal or professional email. It is serviced by professionals who are experts in crisis communications, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the JIA always have support when we need it. To register, people can go to jekyllisland.com/emergency and sign up using the Jekyll Island zip code, which is 31527. 

   The system is highly customizable, so people can choose to receive alerts in the way that is best for them. The system can send text messages, emails, and then in very severe emergencies, to do some reverse-911 calling to landlines. Currently the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission uses Nixle to send out its boil-water advisories.

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