The City of Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) are using a communications tool that allows the department to send important, life-saving information, including severe weather warnings, directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows the E-911 Communications Center to create, publish and instantly deliver emergency communications to residents by cell phone text messaging, email or both. Citizens can sign up for the emergency service online at www.nixle.com. Messages are used only for urgent emergency situations such as natural disasters, tornadoes and other situations where lifesaving messages are appropriate. “In the wake of the Good Friday Tornado,” Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons stated, “Mayor Tommy Bragg and the City Council asked city staff to explore new, innovative ways to alert the public to life-threatening emergencies. “Through Nixle,” he continued, “we now have the ability to communicate emergency messages through a secure and reliable medium of communication to a geographically targeted area. Nixle is one more tool, among many being planned, for our community,” Lyons said, “and it has potential to save lives in the event of a disaster or emergency.” To register for this free service (standard text messaging rates do apply), simply access www.nixle.com and complete the online registration.