North Aurora to conduct test of emergency notification system

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – The Village of North Aurora will conduct a test of its new Nixle 360 emergency notification system beginning at 9 a.m. today, according to a news release issued by the North Aurora Police Department.

The test will consist of an automated phone call to listed and unlisted AT&T landline telephone lines in the village. The message will be begin with an introduction by Village President Dale Berman, followed by the test message, the release stated. 

Residents who receive their phone service from Comcast will not receive the test call because officials still are in the process of obtaining an emergency phone number database from Comcast.

The Nixle 360 system is an Internet-based emergency notification system that combines phone calls, emails and text messages to reach residents and subscribers. The system replaces the Reverse 911 system, a hardware-based phone call system purchased in 2007 that has become outdated, the release stated.

The new system will be utilized by all village departments to notify residents and subscribers of urgent or emergency information.

Once the new Nixle 360 system is operational, village officials will share information on how to register to receive emails as well as calls and text messages on a cellphone.