Conway Police Department starts Nixle alert system

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Conway Police Department officials are launching their Nixle alert system to keep Conway residents informed of different emergencies happening in the area.

The new system is free, but people do have to request to get those alerts. Just log on to and follow the steps to get alerts by phone or email.

Some people who now get the alerts said they are worthwhile. Karyn Kelsey, a local business owner signed up to get Nixle alerts on her phone and email. Kelsey said, "Instantaneously, we can see a piece of emergency equipment go by and my phone goes off to tell me I've got an alert."

The City of North Myrtle Beach already uses the Nixle alert system to notify residents on a variety of instances ranging from wanted persons and crime-related activities in specific areas around the city.

Pat Dowling with the City of North Myrtle Beach said, "Some of the alerts would be emergency traffic situations where a significant road is closed down due to an accident. Maybe a bad weather alert, tornado and in instances of a fire."

Dowling said more and more people are signing up. Now the City of Conway is trying to get word out that their police department is offering alerts.

Catina Hipp with the Conway Police Department said, "We realize this is a social media day and age, and we had to be out there in social media. We were exploring all the avenues and looked at Twitter and Facebook and Nixle and decided to use Nixle."

Some departments said they prefer Nixle alerts to those other types of social media because they believe the system is more secure.

Others said they are more in tune with keeping up with what is happening in the community by Facebook and Twitter.

Sallie Gill said, "The twitter side I'm still learning that part. I keep up with the Facebook side because everybody is on it. All my friends are on there because I've been here so long that I can keep an eye on it if we work together as a unit."

Horry County Fire Rescue officials said they are seeing their Twitter and Facebook following continuing to grow. As of right now, there are 80 organizations in South Carolina that utilize the Nixle system.

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