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Winter Weather Preparedness

General

While last winter was remarkably mild, high winds, floods, down trees over roads and slides are commonplace in Tillamook County in the winter. Weather and road closures can impact our ability to travel safely to and from work. In the message below Tillamook County Emergency Manager Gordon McCraw describes Nixle and how to sign up to receive weather and emergency alerts via text, cell phone or email.

The Nixle Notification System
Gordon McCraw, Tillamook County Emergency Manager

A few years ago I started using a tool called Nixle to push weather alerts, road information and other important information to registered users via cell phone, text messages and/or email. With Tillamook County’s history of weather disasters, I felt this was an important service to the community. Since then nearly 2000 people have registered to receive Nixle alerts, and feedback from users indicates that the information has been extremely useful.

With a recent upgrade to the Nixle service I am able to push NWS Watches and Warnings immediately when issued. The upgraded Nixle also automatically posts sent information to my Facebook Page, Gordon’s Tillamook Weather Center, and on the county Twitter page, TillamookCoEM. The new system also provides a vehicle for community feedback that will give registered users a way to get information back to Emergency Management via the internet.

Another added feature to Nixle allows Tillamook County to publish certain alerts over the new FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), like the recently sent Amber Alert. IPAWS can now be used by Tillamook County and provides a way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and other public alerting systems from a single interface.

Residents and others who wish to receive Tillamook County safety and weather information via text message, email, and web may register by providing your address or an intersection near you, a cellphone number and an email address by which to receive notifications. You can choose which messages you want receive on which devices, and you can pick more than one area.