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Phoenix Fire Partners with Nextdoor to Communicate with ResidentsPhoenix Fire Partners with Nextdoor to Communicate with Residents<div class="ExternalClass966D4B34FF3847D7BB10817C1E64ADD3"><p>The Phoenix Fire Department today is announcing a partnership with Nextdoor (<a href="http://www.nextdoor.com/">www.nextdoor.com</a>), the private social network for neighborhoods, to foster citywide and neighborhood-specific communications with residents.<br> <br>Led by Acting Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner, this partnership with Nextdoor will enable the Phoenix Fire Department to use Nextdoor to help increase fire safety awareness and safety behaviors, which is especially critical as the city prepares for the arid summer months. The Department also plans to use Nextdoor to keep residents informed about pertinent information during and after emergencies or disasters. </p><p>“Phoenix is an incredibly resourceful city, and using Nextdoor to communicate with residents is another way to further our efforts in making Phoenix an even better place to call home,” said Acting Fire Chief Kalkbrenner. “While Nextdoor will be a great tool year round, we are especially glad to have another avenue to connect with residents as we enter the hottest and driest months in Phoenix.”</p><p>Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Phoenix residents. More than 418 neighborhoods, representing 63 percent of the neighborhoods in Phoenix, have launched Nextdoor websites. <br> <br>With Nextdoor, Phoenix residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Fire Department will be able to post information, such as important news, fire safety tips, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city. More importantly, we can target specific neighborhoods for specialty messages.<br> <br>Nextdoor is free for residents and the Fire Department. Each Phoenix neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Fire Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.</p><p>Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit <a href="http://www.nextdoor.com/phoenix">www.nextdoor.com/phoenix</a> and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.</p></div>6/12/2014 12:40:00 AMMichelle Miller, Phoenix Fire Department602-621-3038