In March, Mesquite Police rolled out a new emergency notification system (Nixle) that enables recipients to receive real-time emergency information, as it’s happening, via your phone’s text messaging.

The notifications do work, as evidenced by Overton Power’s Public Affairs Specialist Keith Buchhalter during a demonstration that was held at Virgin Valley High School on April 25.

During the 10:30 a.m. demonstration the school was put on Hard Lockdown and the students ushered back inside.

Buchhalter, the Overton Power crew and the MLN weren’t quite sure what was going on. The confusion lasted for about two minutes until Buchhalter received a text from the new Mesquite Police Emergency Notification System about the pursuit of a suspect and the mystery was solved.

Any citizen can receive those same alerts; the system works but you have to sign up to receive the messages.

To sign up, simply text 888777 and in the message thread, put in your zip code (89027).

Mesquite Police want the community to stay safe and informed; you can also receive non-emergency texts. Text COMROADS to 888777 for traffic alerts including I-15, Virgin Valley and Gorge information; Text COMNEWS to 888777 for events and news and text COMMEETINGS to 888777 for public meeting notifications.