Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) offers Nixle alerts. These are text messages (on your cell phone or via email) with important public safety information that can include road closures, severe weather advisories, and other public safety information.
Navigate to www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1066/Alerts-Warnings.
Follow the simple steps to sign up. When you receive a text message from 888777, reply to complete the sign-up process.
This is a free service from Jefferson County Emergency Management; however, if you chose text alerts and have a phone plan that charges for text messages, normal text message fees by your phone service charges may apply.
In the event of a major power outage, officials recommend getting information by listening to your car radio.
Getting more information about incidents
DEM only receives limited information about incidents. Click on the link at the end of the text message (if there is one) and you will know as much as we know.
Since the number of characters allowed in a text message is limited, when DEM has more information, click on the link shown at the bottom of the message.
Recent Nixle messages have resulted in more phone calls to the DEM office from subscribers asking if an incident is cleared and when roads are open. When (and If) DEM gets that information, another Nixle will be sent as long as it is not in the middle of the night.
Nixel and Hood Canal Bridge closure notices are separate
If you want to get notified when the Hood Canal Bridge closes, sign up for the Washington State Department of Transportations website at Hood Canal Bridge.
Nixle is a communication service that enables real-time communication.
Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) began using the Nixle notification system in 2010. The agency was 42 in the nation to adopt the service, which provides subscribers with public safety-related information. Today nearly 5,000 subscribers have signed up through DEM's website to receive Nixle messages. Those who sign up for Nixle can opt to receive messages on their cell phones and/or via email.