Back in 2015, Winter Storm Juno pounded New England and parts of New York with moderate to heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding. The storm was projected to drop 2 to 4 inches per hour, and thunder and lightning threatened to accompany the heavy snow.
During a pre-storm press conference, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held up a list of the city’s 10 worst snowstorms from the last 150 years. He warned that Winter Storm Juno was projected to bring over 2 feet of snow and it should be taken seriously. In the end, New York City received less than a foot of snow.
de Blasio was relying on a weather prediction. He was caught in a catch 22 situation. Either he could warn the city’s residents to prepare, or he could not warn them and risk havoc. Many New Yorkers still remember when a storm shut the city down in 2010.
On the other hand, parts of New England were hit hard by the storm. Some areas received about 3 feet of snow. Residents had to stockpile food from their local supermarkets, officials had to enforce driving bans and schools were shut down.
Moses Brown School, located in Providence, Rhode Island, was among the schools closed. Head of School Matt Glendinning choose a unique method to tell his students school was closed:
This shows us that technology has come a long way since the days of waiting for 630 WPRO-AM to announce school closings. IVR Tech can help get your message automatically sent out to your audience.
Our nResponse System is as simple as:
1. Uploading your existing contact lists, to our secure server
2. Customizing your message
3. Sending your message
That last part is important because it will allow you to send out texts, voice messages or emails depending on what your audience prefers. Best of all, changes can easily be made and don’t require starting the whole thing over.
Schools aren’t the only institutions that can benefit from having an emergency notification system in place. Volunteer groups, churches, and large-scale employers can send use nResponse to send out a mass message quickly and easily. A quick message can not only help get your customer’s attention but draw a bigger audience.
Whether or not you choose to sing your message is up to you.