Schools can use an emergency notification system to instantly warn students, faculty and staff of emergencies and campus safety issues by sending alerts to mobile phones.
Omnilert LLC, developers of the mass notification system, today announced that public universities and community colleges within the Florida Department of Education (DOE) can apply for funds originally allocated from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cover the costs of a host-based emergency notification service such as Omnilert.
Although the funds are approved for purchase of equipment, a special exception can be made to purchase subscription services such as Omnilert. In all, 39 schools are eligible to respond to the Request For Proposals (RFP) from the University of Central Florida for funding.
Schools eligible for funding include:
Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of West Florida; and Florida Community Colleges of Brevard, Broward, Central Florida, Chipola, Daytona Beach, Edison, CC Jacksonville, Florida Keys, Gulf Coast, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake City, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Miami Dade, North Florida, Okaloosa-Walton, Palm Beach, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola, Polk, St. Johns River, St. Petersburg, Santa Fe, Seminole, South Florida, Tallahassee, and Valencia.
So easy to use, Omnilert can be set up and running in 10 minutes
With a mass notification system from Omnilert, school administrators will be able to quickly and easily send time-sensitive messages directly to the palms of students hands whether they are on or off campus. Built around a highly reliable SMS text messaging system, Omnilert sends out 18,000 messages per minute to students, faculty and staff cell phones, text pagers, email accounts, and school web pages.
In times of crisis, phone calls and e-mail can overload and jam, while text messages use very little bandwidth, making them much more reliable. For example, wired and wireless phone lines were busy for hours during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. However, SMS text messages went through just fine.
Schools can use Omnilert for routine or urgent messages to quickly announce a terrorist event, active shooter, bomb threat, hazmat release, boil water advisory, or natural event such as a tornado or wild fire.
About Omnilert, LLC
Omnilert, LLC is the leading provider of easy-to-use universal notification systems for sending time-sensitive information to mass audiences. The self-service, web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device. It is ideal for announcing school closings, game cancellations, weather warnings, terrorist alerts, and marketing promotions. The system is built around a reliable SMS text-messaging system that sends content directly to a mobile phone, as well as an email address, web page, pager or wired phone. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, VA and online at www.omnilert.com