Wichita Falls Switching Back to Code Red for Emergency Alerts


After using Nixle for the past year, the city of Wichita Falls is switching back to Code Red for their emergency alert system.

Wichita Falls Fire Chief, Jon Reese said the city’s decision to switch back has to do with saving money. 

“You know, it was a really good system,” Chief Reese said. “It just boiled down to the cost and that’s the reason we migrated over to Nixle was cost and that’s the reason we abandoned Nixle was cost.”

Originally, Wichita Falls paid a $30,000 a year subscription fee for Code Red, then switching to Nixle last year cut that cost in half.

“We went over to Nixle mainly because it was a cost savings to the city and it has some social media aspects that we thought would be beneficial to some of the departments,” Chief Reese said.

Recently, Wichita County negotiated a deal with Code Red, where for $15,000 a year, the county and all cities affiliated with it can subscribe to the system. 
Then, this upcoming budget year, the cities will get it free because the 911 service fees of the Wichita/Wilbarger 911 District is paying for that $15,000 fee.
“But you know, they’ve reviewed it and they certainly have good, confident people and they’ve decided going back with Code Red is a good deal and luckily the deal we negotiated for the whole county includes everybody and they will get it free of charge,” Judge Woody Gossom with the county said.
“Due to the, you know we are always looking for ways to be good stewards to the city and the tax payers dollars so we swapped back over to code red for the end of June and it’s just a seamless transition back to what we had.”
While Code Red is now being utilized, the WFPD is still using a free version of Nixle as well for social media posts that will continue.
Click HERE to register for Code Red, or for more information on how to register call: (940) 761-6870.

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