Just two months ago, one of our blogs began with this sentence:
None of us like to imagine worst-case scenarios – but for entities in the public sector there is a homeland security component that is an unavoidable part of the job.
Since then, sadly, we haven’t had to imagine what a worst-case scenario looks like. The pictures emerging from Texas and Florida following two devastating hurricanes provide sobering reminders of how a natural disaster can impact thousands of people.
These are the times it is important to have a way to get potentially life-saving information out to the public as quickly as possible. Our Text-to-Banner service makes it possible to do so, via your website.
Make Updates Available Through A Municipal Website
Those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as their friends and relatives across the country, want to know what’s happening. They want to know when power might be restored to their neighborhood, or when schools will reopen.
Adding prominent banners to a municipal website is a way to get answers out quickly. These banners can be created anywhere from a mobile phone.
Just select the type of banner required using pre-loaded keywords (alert, emergency, update, etc.) and then add text to the banner template. Hit “send” and the website is immediately updated.
Besides the speed and convenience of sending a message this way, texting has proven to be consistently more reliable in times of natural or manmade disasters than phone calls or emails. Since just about everyone has texting capabilities now, these alerts can be added to the site from anywhere.