City's Emergency Management Agency Kicks Off 'Ready STL' Campaign

Encouraging all St. Louisans to sign up for free Nixle emergency alerts

March 15, 2012 | 2 min reading time
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ST. LOUIS -- Many St. Louisans – neighborhood leaders, business people, elected officials, City employees and concerned individuals – have already signed up for and receive free emergency messages via text message and email from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).  However, Public Safety Director Eddie Roth and CEMA Commissioner Gary Christmann want to ensure that all St. Louisans are aware of the free service and take advantage of it.

Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week was chosen as the ideal time to kick off the Ready STL Campaign.  Tornado season is just around the corner, and it is vital to have a source of credible information during a time of emergency.


"The City is constantly looking to improve policy and procedures to ensure that residents, businesses and employees are safe during any emergency situation that could occur in the City of St. Louis," said Christmann.  "Nixle is one of the latest technological tools we've found to be of value in relaying information in times of emergency."

During the Ready STL Campaign, all City employees will be encouraged to sign up for the free* service.  Information will be distributed to neighborhood groups, major businesses, and other organizations encouraging their members and employees to sign up.  Nixle promotion will also occur at select major events so visitors to St. Louis may also sign up to receive instructions on how to remain safe should an emergency situation develop during their visit.

Signing up is as easy as texting STLCEMA to 888777 from your cell phone in order to receive CEMA's Nixle text messages.  For more messaging options, you may register through the web site

If you would like a Nixle widget for your web site or camera ready copy for your newsletter, please contact Sarah L. Gamblin-Luig at (314) 622-3501 ext. 4.

Please call Gary Christmann at (314) 622-3501 ext. 1 with any questions or if you would like someone to speak about CEMA's emergency alerts to your group.

*Text messaging fees apply.  Check your service provider for details.

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