Sending Alert Notifications Can Save Time, Money & Lives When Mother Nature Strikes
Did you get an alert notification that the season changed? The official first day of fall was a little over a week ago but the beginning of October really gets people thinking about the new season. Pumpkin spice is everywhere and pumpkins themselves are popping up on front steps and back porches. As we start decorating for fall, sewing our kids Halloween costumes and enjoying the cooler weather, let’s not forget that winter weather is waiting right around the corner ready to give us a spook!
That’s right. This year, “according to the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2015–2016 is looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Atlantic Seaboard, eastern portions of the Great Lakes, and the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast. New Englanders will once again experience a very frigid (shivery) winter (Déjà vu)1.”
If you didn’t take time to make a plan during National Preparedness Month, take time now. How will you communicate to your employees, tenants, students, etc. when winter weather starts to affect your organization? Do you have a way to send them an instantaneous alert notification?
We get alert notifications for our Facebook feed and from our favorite news stations. Whether your smartphone gives you a little ring or a ding or maybe just a subtle vibration you receive information and are able to read it and understand it almost instantly. Sure, you may have a weather app that sends you alert notifications about an upcoming blizzard, but how will it affect you and what you do and where you go? What about your workplace or your child’s school? Do you get an email if a critical situation has occurred? Great! But emails sometimes take hours to read.
One of the greatest benefits of an alert notification system, like RedFlag, is multi-channel message delivery. If your workplace, school or college uses an alert notification system you’ll be able to receive critical communications instantly on multiple channels to be sure the message gets through. RedFlag, for example, is able to distribute a voice call, text message, e-mail, social media post and a desktop notification all at once to an unlimited number of people.
What’s the big concern, it’s just a little cold weather, you ask? Take a look below at a few things that can happen due to unseasonable cold weather.
- Snow, lots of it.
- Ice, lots of it.
- Snowy/icy sidewalks/parking lots/roads.
- Closed roads.
- Power outages.
- Broken trees.
- Infrastructure outages.
- Delayed outbound and inbound shipping.
- Late deliveries.
- Traffic jams/dangerous road conditions.
- Traffic accidents/fatalities.
That’s just a small list. Extremely cold weather can cause serious problems that need to be communicated about quickly. No matter what your organization does, if you’ve got employees and customers that need to be kept aware of severe weather, or any critical situation, you need to have a way to reach them and send them an alert notification—now.
For more information about Pocketstop’s alert notification system, the RedFlag Notification System, please give us a call today at 877-840-2444 or go to www.pocketstop.com to live chat with us today.