In light of the recent wildland fire near the Viewpoint Development in Prescott Valley, and instances of miscommunication, Prescott Valley Police Department Chief Bryan Jarrell encourages all citizens to sign up for Nixle and CodeRED alert systems.
The Prescott Valley Police Department regularly uses Nixle and CodeRED during a critical incident and/or emergency situation that may impact residents inside the town’s limits, such as the fire near Viewpoint.
Nixle and CodeRED are community information services.
“You can stay connected to the Prescott Valley Police Department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you,” Jarrell said.
When an alert goes out, the information is immediately available on residents’ cell phones by text message, email and over the internet. Nixle and CodeRED accounts can be customized so residents only receive the information that matters most them based on their location.
HOW TO REGISTER
To register with Nixle, send a text message to 888777 and text your current zip code (i.e. 86314). If someone wishes to find alerts in their area without registering with Nixle, they may go view information at www.nixle.com.
To register with CodeRED, go to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office website at https://bit.ly/2tjPOJL and follow the instructions given. Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.
HAM RADIO ACCESS
For those who know how to navigate radio frequencies, the Prescott Valley Neighborhood Safety Group uses two primary frequencies to receive and transmit emergency information. Those frequencies are 2 Meter Simplex Frequency 146.420 and ultra-high frequency 462.6125 – a Family Radio Service Channel know as FRS 3.
“Everyone can monitor and transmit on FRS 3 using those hand-held radios you can buy at the local stores,” said Prescott Valley Neighborhood Safety Group Director Raymond Kolman.