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Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other first response agencies, have been utilizing a communications service, that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Columbia County Nixle Information System allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office web site at www.co.columbia.wi.us/columbiacounty/sheriff or the Nixle’s web site at
Messages may include relevant safety, weather, and community event information.
“Nixle messaging was used during the recent outage of the 911 phone lines to notify people of the loss of the 911 phone capability. Nixle is another tool we can use to keep people informed of important issues within Columbia County,” says Columbia County Emergency Management Coordinator, Kathy Johnson.
This free service is secure, reliable and easy to use for residents. The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.
Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter and Facebook, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of Columbia County and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering for Columbia County on the Columbia County Sheriff’s web site at www.co.columbia.wi.us/columbiacounty/sheriff or the Nixle Information System at www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888-777. Note: You may enter any zip code for the area you are in to receive Nixle messages if that municipality uses Nixle.