Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Communications

The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) uses Nixle for emergency alerts and community notifications. Nixle allows the JIA to keep everyone who lives, works, and visits Jekyll Island informed in the most convenient and reliable way possible. Nixle is a timely, effective, reliable, and secure technology platform that connects communities. This platform is used by thousands of agencies throughout U.S. and will allow JIA to send important information on multiple platforms, including text message, e-mail, voice call, and online.

All Nixle messages will be coded into one of three categories:

  1. Alert – most urgent message, life threatening situation (for example: evacuation order, active shooter, gas leak, bomb threat)
  2. Advisory – a public safety situation (for example: boil water, road closure)
  3. Community Information – local information, not life threatening (for example: fireworks notice, town hall meeting, road resurfacing)

Nixle will replace all emailed notices from JIA, as well as Jekyll Island’s use of the Glynn County Code Red system. Nixle is a secure communications service. There is no spam or advertising associated with the Nixle system. Information you provide to Nixle is secure and will not be shared with the JIA or sold/reused for marketing purposes.

Registration

When you will register you will be asked to provide your a zip code, a cell phone number and an email address by which to receive notifications. You must use a Jekyll Island zip code (31527) to receive Jekyll Island notices. After you register, log in on the Nixle web site to select which messages you receive on which devices.

Questions and Support

If you have any questions about your registration or your Nixle account, please send an email to support@nixle.com or call 877-649-5362.

Frequently asked questions about the Nixle system can be found on the Nixle web site. Please spread the word about our use of Nixle. If you know someone who doesn’t receive emergency alerts and community notifications from the JIA, encourage them to register for Nixle at: jekyllisland.com/emergency.

Jekyll Island Authority Nixle Messages


Stay Safe: Hurricane and Severe Weather

Jekyll Island experiences a range of weather. Being situated on the coast, Jekyll is particularly at risk for hurricanes. Storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to affect our island. Every resident should know how to stay safe when hurricanes strike. In cooperation with the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency, the Jekyll Island Authority has plans and procedures, for both natural and man-made disasters, to help residents prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impacts of disasters.

Below are links to help you prepare for hurricanes and severe weather:

Flooding

Flooding on Jekyll Island can be caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. Flood waters can cover streets up to two or three feet deep. The areas most prone to flooding are along the beach and marshes. In other areas of the island floodwaters are not as deep, but may still cover streets and yards and can flood cars, garages, basements and lower floors. Flooding can come with little warning. Please take heed of any storm and hurricane warnings on Jekyll Island and follow the outlined protocol to ensure you and your families safety.

Below are links for more information:

Hurricane Irma Recovery

In September of 2017, Jekyll Island, and the Southeast coast of the U.S., were impacted by Hurricane Irma. For a summary of Jekyll Island’s response to the storm please visit our Weather Alert page.


Police

Police protection is provided by the Georgia State Patrol. The patrol post is located adjacent to the Guest Information Center at 901 Downing Musgrove Parkway. Always dial 911 for emergencies and tell the dispatcher that you are on Jekyll Island. Non-emergency calls can be made by calling 912.635.2303.


Firewise Community

Jekyll Island is a recognized Firewise Community. The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together to take action now to prevent losses.