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Real Time Alerts

Habersham County will launch a new Community Notification Service called "Nixle" this week to improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our area.

The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through, the County will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers in a specific area.

Notifications might be considered in the following instances:

  • For employees: notifications of closures in inclement weather
  • A young child or adult with Alzheimer's disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen.
  • A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes.
  • A serious injury or fatal crash in which traffic investigators close down the intersection for several hours during the morning commute. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route to work.
  • Other uses:
    • Recreation information - weather related cancellations, registration dates/times
    • Large-scale public works projects
    • Community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc.
    • Details about a case of H1N1 ("Swine Flu") in the area
    • Commission meeting information
    • Utility outage advisories/boil orders

Through Nixle, we will deliver messages securely to citizens by e-mail and cell phone, supporting and expanding our community outreach efforts.

Obviously, the system will be most effective when we have large numbers of subscribers. Please spread the word about our use of the system and add this information to the bottom of your e-mail signature: "Up-to-the-minute updates from the County by e-mail and cell phone:

Nixle is a secure communications service available to municipal, county, and state government agencies. There is NO spam or advertising associated with Nixle Municipal Wire messages. The system is available at no cost (standard text message rates apply for subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers).

If you have suggestions for potential Nixle publications that might interest citizens, please share them with Janeann Allison, County Manager by e-mail or phone ( or 706-839-0200). Residents can receive technical and non-technical assistance directly from Nixle sending email to


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