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Honolulu launches free emergency alert text and email service

Kirk Caldwell Kirk Caldwell

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Six months after Hawaii's tsunami scare, Oahu residents can now get fair warning when disaster strikes. The county of Honolulu is unveiling a new emergency communications service that will send alerts, via email or text, when a potential hurricane, flooding, or even a man-made event develops. The "Nixle" information system can pinpoint a disaster down to a quarter-mile of where it may hit.

"You will then get a notification in real time, along with all the emergency responders, through your cell phone, through your computer, and then, you can begin to take action", says acting Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The service can also give residents an "all-clear" alert ... notifying residents that they can go back to their homes, if and when the emergency situation is over.

The federal government is picking up the tab for service, at no cost to the county. Residents can subscribe to the alert system by registering at nixle.com or texting your zip code to 888777.

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