Local Text Alerts
There is no more effective way to communicate with large groups of people simultaneously than local text alerts. SMS text messaging has a broader reach than any other channel of communication, 92% of the population has access to a mobile device capable of receiving an SMS text message, and 90% of all text messages are read within three minutes.
Local text alerts can be used to warn people quickly of the risk of danger from adverse weather, natural disasters, man-made disasters or terrorist attacks. They can save valuable time – and potentially lives – in many different use cases in communities, in schools and in business. Furthermore, local text alert systems are easy to use and inexpensive to operate.
How to Send Local Text Alerts
In order to send local text alerts, an organization registers with a bulk text service provider. The service provider gives the organization´s system administrator access to their bulk texting platform – typically a Software-as-a-Service platform that can be accessed from any Internet-connected device. The system administrator logs into the platform, writes the text alert message and clicks send.
Within minutes, every contact within the organization´s database will hear the bleep of any incoming text message and be reading their local text alerts, while system administrators can monitor analytics such as delivery rates and read rates to ensure each contact has received the alert. The administrator can also monitor responses to the alert via the bulk texting platform.
Using Rave Alert for Local Text Alerts
There are a number of bulk texting platforms on the market, and many of them do much the same thing. However, when you use Rave Alert to send local text alerts, our bulk texting platform will resend the alert via an alternative channel of communication (voice, email, social media, etc.) if the initial text alert is not delivered or not read – increasing the reach of Rave Alert over other local text alert systems.
In an emergency situation, Rave Alert also supports two-way communication by voice, SMS text and email. This facility can improve situational awareness, better prepare first responders for the incident they are attending, and help ensure assistance is directed to those most in need of urgent help. By using Rave Alert for local text alerts, organizations save time and potentially save lives.
Additional Features of Rave Alert
There are many additional features of Rave Alert that can be implemented to save time and save lives. One of the most important is the Rave Alert management portal. This portal can be configured so there is an area that can be accessed by the public (or students or employees), who can update their profiles with additional contact information and details of special needs or language preferences.
The portal also allows members of the public to opt into groups that are set up by the system administrator. The groups can be used to identify members of the public who are CERT-qualified, have medical training or other skills that could be useful in an emergency situation. Group membership can also be applied using an SMS opt-in/opt-out facility.