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Short Code for Text Messaging

The Short Code “78645” is the standard “caller ID” for all SMS Text Messages sent to US numbers.

Major Benefits of SMS Short Code:

  1. Senders can publish a recognizable number to their text recipients thereby identifying the text sender
  2. It is very reliable and effective method of communicating.

Rapid Notify still has the optional 20-character subject line. We recommend using these additional characters to identify your organization. For example, “Anytown Alerts” or “Acme Co.” would appear before the main body of your text message, helping recipients to know where the alert originated.
Additional upgrades include the ability to receive SMS text message replies and manage opt-outs. Reports have been created to indicate Delivery Status of and Reply to text messages.  

For more information, please contact us at info@rapidnotify.com or call 800.519.2129

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.

Winter Storm Preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. We know that you can take care first two and we can help with third one. In winter, as residents and business are left with power outages, road closures, snowfall, and many additional incidents. Rapid Notify Severe Weather Warnings (US only) deliver automated and targeted alert notifications via SMS Text Message and/or Email. Precision-targeted alerts specific to county or state areas are generated automatically moments after being issued by the National Weather Service.To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:winter-strom

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

 

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