County offering emergency alert service

The Marion County sheriff?s office and Emer?gency Manage?ment office have employed a new communications technology that allows people to directly receive valuable community information.

The Nixie Community Information Service allows the two offices to deliver instantly to subscribers such notifications as impending severe weather, natural disasters, evacuations, recommended safety actions or other public-safety information.

Notifications also can be accessed online at

?The messages can be sent in general or specifically to residents within a quarter-mile radius, giving you the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to your neighborhood,? Sheriff Robert Craft said. ?You decide what information you want to receive.?

To sign up for the service, go either to or to At the latter, follow the link to the sheriff?s office or Emergency Communications.

From there, indicate the type of notices you wish to receive and how you want to receive them. It is a free service and is ?secure, reliable and easy to use,? according to the sheriff?s office.

Patrons can discontinue the service at any time.

For more information, call the sheriff?s office at 620-382-2144 and ask for Linda Klenda, director of communications.

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