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September 4, 2019 4:21 PM

What is the difference between WEA and SoCoAlerts and Nixle?

WEA is a short text message designed to capture your attention. Emergency officials currently only have 90 characters for the message.

  • You do not need to subscribe to WEA or download an App.
  • You do need to enable WEA notifications in the settings center of your phone such as the Government Alerts Section for Apple, or Wireless & Networks section-Cell Broadcasts settings in Android phones.

SoCoAlerts is a free emergency notification service that provides Sonoma County first responders the ability to notify residents and businesses by telephone, mobile phone, text message, email and social media regarding local emergencies.

  • You choose which methods of contact that you prefer including phone calls and/or text or email messaging to more than one number.
  • Messages from SoCoAlert often include more in-depth details about a critical event such as evacuation notifications, shelter-in-place, boil water advisories and flood warnings.
  • You must sign up for SoCoAlerts.
  • Sign up at www.socoemergency.org or call (866) 939-0911.

NIXLE is a free service that allows community members to opt to receive up-to-the-minute, neighborhood information for where you live, work, visit – or for your family and friends located throughout the country.

  • You choose the information you want, for the locations you want, from urgent public safety alerts to less time sensitive advisories and community information.
  • You choose how you want to receive the information, whether it’s over your cell phone by text message, by email or over the web (or all the above).
  • You stay connected to what is happening in the community at locations that are relevant to you. Registration is free, and secure.
  • Register at www.nixle.com