Should we rely ONLY on SMS Communication at time of an Emergency?

While this is accepted as one of the most popular medium for communications, SMS text messaging delivery is not always perfect and the telecommunication industry agrees that many different factors can interfere with the delivery of any SMS.

Most of us consider SMS text, used by Smart Phone users every day, as being a “reliable” way of quickly conversing with each other, but we also know that we have all experienced “failures” of our texts not reaching the intended recipient. There may be issues with aging or snow covered cell towers, or a myriad of other issues preventing delivery or replies.

To mitigate these challenges of the potential failure of text delivery for emergency notifications, Rapid Notify provides one of the most robust “Communication Toolbox” to deliver the message:

o Voice
o Text
o E-mail
o Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
o In-bound toll-free number to report on-going status of an event
o And soon – Push Notifications to the Smart Phone screen and Desktop.

It is highly recommended, for true emergency notifications, that the client uses all forms of communication available to provide the greatest probability of reliable notification.

To learn more about communication toolbox, please contact Rapid Notify at 800.519.2129 or info@rapidnotify.com.

Education Notification System

Ideal for K-12 schools and higher education Rapidly send alert messages to students, parents and staff by voice, text, email and Social Media. 
Quickly communicate with the appropriate parties about emergency events, or for non-emergency communication about those events (PTA meetings, athletic events, cultural events, etc.) the recipient may “opt-in” to receive.

Rapid Notify and IPAWS

FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) program provides an internet-based capability for federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local authorities to use in order to issue critical public alerts and warnings from a single portal to multiple communication pathways such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).
ipaws_video_still_smallIPAWS must be accessed through software such as Rapid Notify that meets IPAWS system requirements and there are no additional messaging costs to send alerts through IPAWS.

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