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County residents will have new tool in emergencies

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank


 I received information Thursday about something ‘new’ which will improve everyday life for county residents. Thousands of Lincoln County residents will receive a “test” emergency call on Tuesday. Mobile phones, home phones and business phones will ring with a “test” message. A small gesture on the surface but one which could prove vital in future emergencies.

Over the past several years, Lincoln County has faced many emergencies including floods, fires, missing children, boil orders, automobile accidents, and flu outbreaks just to name a few. Communication with the citizens is of utmost importance, which is why Lincoln County Emergency Service Agencies announce that they are using a new technology. On Oct. 1, 2013, Lincoln County emergency service agencies will be testing their new communication system, Nixle. Sign up free to make sure you are included in the emergency communications service online at

Nixle allows emergency service agencies to send emergency alerts, advisories, and community messages to everyone in the county database. The emergency service agencies include Lincoln County Emergency Management, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1, Lincoln County Health Department, and the City of Troy.

Nixle is a FREE service for you to register by texting your zip code to 888777. You can also register at or download the free iPhone Nixle app. Citizens can choose the way alerts are received by email, text message or over the web. Messages are targeted to specific geographic regions by zip code, so you only receive messages that impact or could pose a threat to you and your family.

This new service can potentially help save lives and keep our community safe, especially during times of emergency. Please sign up by texting your zip code to 888777.

While the emergency service providers look at ways to improve our present and future, other people work just as hard to provide us with a glimpse of the past. I was fortunate to attend last weekend’s Lincoln County Old Threshers Reunion. The events help us appreciate the work of past generations whose efforts laid  the foundation of this great country.  Daily life for them had many great challenges which seem so mundane to many of us. Want apple butter? A majority of us just jump in our cars and go to the store. Our ancestors physically processed the delicious fruit over several hours. Need boards to build that barn or home?  Just a trip to the lumberyard for us instead of taking the tree and cutting the boards out ourselves. Neighbors helped neighbors in the ‘good old days.’ We need more of that today so the headlines will not be full of negativity.