Horry County Fire now sending text, email alerts

Starting today, Horry County Fire Rescue is using Nixle, a communication system that allows the agency to send text messages and email alerts directly to people who sign up for the service.

Notifications can also be accessed at Nixle's website.

The agency will send out information like road closures, evacuations, hazardous situations, red flag alerts and structure fires, as well as other safety and community event information.

"After the Windsor Green fires, Horry County Fire Rescue conducted review of our overall response, in all aspects of the situation," said Fred Crosby, chief of Horry County Fire Rescue. "One of the things that came out of the after action review, was that we felt it necessary to put in place, a communications tool, that could reach out to our community citizens, alerting them to emergency situations in our area. Horry County Fire Rescue is committed to protecting the property and lives of those we serve. Nixle allows us one more way to do just that."

Residents can immediately begin receiving the alerts by following these steps:

1. Go to the and sign up using the Nixle registration box

2. Text from their phone "HCFIRE" to 888777

a. The first response they receive includes mandatory SMS instructions. (TXT message charges, how to stop etcâ?¦)

b. An Auto Response is given of "Thanks for signing up for Horry County Fire Rescue text alerts! Please reply with your zip code for

targeted messages"

c. The public user will reply with their Zip code

d. Then the public will be able to get Zip code related Alerts and Messages.

For more information about Horry County Fire Rescue, please contact 843-915-5190 or visit