Crest Hill adds new ways to communicate with residents
By Erin Biesen For The Herald-News September 21, 2012 12:50PM
Updated: October 24, 2012 6:36AM
CREST HILL — The city now has two new ways to communicate with residents.
Through a company called Nixle, residents are able to sign up to receive text messages and emails from the city regarding any news or updates.
Residents must sign up for the free service, and they can create settings as to how they would like to receive the information. The police department homepage has a link to the website, or residents may go to www.nixle.com to sign up.
“With today’s technology, it’s a good way to reach everyone,” said Chief Dwayne Wilkerson.
Reverse 911 is the second form of communication. The police department can now contact residents to notify them if there is an emergency situation in their area.
Mayor Ray Soliman explained that this was a result from the complaints received regarding the boil order earlier this year.
“City staff was directed to come up with an alternate plan for communication besides the one that we currently have. This was a direct result, the chief working through the Reverse 911 and the Nixle program for notification in the future for our residents,” Soliman said.