FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT: March 16, 2015      Jared Rowcliffe (217) 774-1499  Press Release 


      Shelby County Residents Can Now Receive Real Time Public Safety Messages through Nixle  Shelbyville, IL – Shelby County, IL has partnered with Nixle to implement a Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.  

     As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

     1. Text SHELBYEMA to 888777 from your mobile phone

     2. Text your Zip-Code to 888777 from your mobile phone

     3. Go to and sign up via the Nixle Widget

     4. Go to and sign up via the Nixle Widget 

     Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to and creating a User Profile.  “The ability to relay important public safety messages to our citizens, so that they may take necessary actions to protect themselves and their families, is a great tool to have available to first responders.” noted Jared Rowcliffe, Shelby County EMA Coordinator  The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for Shelby County emergency response officials.  Shelby County Sheriff Don Koonce said, “With this system we can now send messages and ask for tips from citizens, opening channels of information that have been closed before. This system makes our County safer and allows us to respond to emergencies much more efficiently.”  All Alerts will be targeted geographically, allowing residents to receive localized, relevant alerts from Shelby County.  Nixle Alerts can be sent via Text, Email, Web, Social Media, and the Nixle Mobile App in an instant.  Nixle is partnered with NLETS for unmatched data security, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Blue Alert Network, and Google