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Mass Notification Alerting Templates for the 2019 Hurricane Season

According to hurricane research scientists at Colorado State University, early predictions for the 2019 hurricane season show a slightly below average activity level.

While this could be good news, we can’t forget about the destruction caused in the past several years from hurricanes. In 2018, fifteen named storms developed with Hurricanes Michael and Florence making landfall and causing crises for both Florida and North Caroline. The 2017 season cost more than $282 billion and caused up to 4,770 fatalities.  Whether we see two named storms or ten, preparation is your greatest ally against potential devastation.  Start by using these automated message templates for your organization’s mass notification system.

Using Hurricane Notification Message Templates

When using message templates, there are a few basic guidelines to follow. Start by keeping the message length to a minimum. This ensures recipients can get the most information in the least amount of time. In addition, SMS messages cannot exceed 918 characters; longer messages are broken up into multiple messages that may create confusion.

By creating message templates prior to severe weather, you can generate detailed and informative alerts for every step in your emergency plan. Then in the wake of a hurricane, these messages are ready to be sent to the right audiences. Recipients receive only those messages that apply to them, which helps to eliminate confusion during a stressful time.