Preparedness Update: MC Alert Eclipses 10,000 New Users; Quick Reference Emergency Page

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The MC Alert emergency notification system, launched in September via Rave Mobile Safety, now has over 10,050 registered cell phone numbers. According to Pew Research, adults with a cellphone in the US has reached 95%. The research also tells us that 81% of Americans text regularly. So, why MC Alert? An emergency text alert system uses SMS text messaging to warn contacts of the risk of danger for a very good reason. SMS text messaging is the most popular form of electronic person-to-person communication, and message recipients only have to hear the ringtone of an incoming message in order to reach for their mobile devices to see who is trying to contact them. Due to the popularity of SMS text messaging, 95% of all text messages are opened and read within three minutes of delivery. This helps explain why an SMS-based emergency text alert system is the most effective way of getting the right messages to the right people at the right time. Update your information, or sign on to MC Alert here: Emergency Quick Reference Guide Check out the new emergency quick reference guide at the bottom of the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management page located here: The page is also attached as a PDF document below: Emergency Quick Reference Guide.pdf

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