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Cities Rapidly Turning to Nixle as Communications Platform for Swine Flu Updates; Outbreak Exemplifies Need for Secure, Trusted Communications
Date:4/29/2009

eir cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and through Web access.

Dave Mitchell, a core member of the Johns Hopkins University Public Safety Executive Leadership Program, said, "Social networking sites create unnecessary hype and fear in situations such as the swine flu outbreak due to misinformation. Nixle delivers trusted and accurate information, and when information is accurate, calmness prevails over chaos."

Nixle is offered at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. Mitnick noted that residents have the ability to decide what information they wish to receive.

"It is obvious from what we have seen over the past several days that there is a huge need for trusted and accurate information when it comes to public safety and health," Mitnick said.

"Just today, we were conducting training with EOC staff. Like so many other public safety groups, a flu pandemic was the scenario under discussion," Scottsdale Police Department Lt. Tony Gibson said. "When a question was raised about the importance of keeping the community and employees informed, the first word mentioned was Nixle."

"The Nixle system will assist us in keeping the public informed when dealing with local, state and country wide emergencies that may affect the health and welfare of our community," said Voorhees, N.J. Chief of Police Keith Hummel, whose department recently sent out information via Nixle about where residents could turn for swine flu information.

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Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via
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