Back-To-School Campus Safety With Express Messaging

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College and university students are heading back to campuses all around the country. It’s a busy time for them, and for the administrators and staff members who are welcoming them. Students have so many questions about course requirements, financial aid, and campus policies that communicating with them all is a challenge, to say the least.

Express messaging is the latest communication tool that’s helping administrators communicate quickly and easily with students. Everything from emergency alerts to non-urgent reminders about campus events can be sent instantly on the automated mass notification system. With just one click, administrators reach all students instantly through text, email, or automated calls to keep them informed, connected, and safe.

Emergency messages

College and university administrators must have a communication plan ready to implement at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency. Should there be a major storm approaching or a potentially dangerous intruder on campus, all students need to be alerted immediately, with clear instructions detailing what to do.   

Express messaging allows administrators to send instant notifications at any time to inform students and staff and to instruct them about the safety protocol they need to follow.

Express messages can alert students about urgent issues such as:

  • A campus lock-down
  • Campus Evacuation
  • Dangerous weather
  • Canceled classes

Non-emergency messages

Express messaging isn’t just for emergency alerts. The mass communication tool is also useful for connecting with students and staff about non-urgent matters, such as:

  • Campus events
  • Financial aid deadlines
  • Class schedule reminders
  • Any change in campus services
  • Sporting events or club meetings

Express messages can be sent to any group, ranging from the whole student body and staff to just a small subset of students. Students simply sign up through an online portal and choose whether they want to receive messages by text, email, or an automated call.

No extra equipment or software is needed. The system operates from an independent, large-scale phone and IT infrastructure that is capable of sending secure messages instantly. Even if the college’s internet is down or the administrator is off campus without internet access, live call operators are available to help send messages at no charge, 24/7, 365 days a year.

If you’re considering using an express messaging service, be sure to find out about how they charge. Express messaging should be affordable, but some services charge based on the number of messages sent, which can quickly become costly. Look for express messaging with fixed rates and unlimited usage.

Voice Link of Columbus, Inc. offers express messaging at just $2.50 per group member, which is a one-time payment, once a year, for unlimited messages. There’s also no contract or long term commitment. We offer month-to-month service agreements to meet your unique needs, with no hidden fees. Our excellent reputation, expert staff, and state-of-the-art telecommunications services will exceed your expectations.

If you’d like to learn more about how Voice Link of Columbus, Inc. can partner with your school or educational institution to provide express messaging and communications solutions, please call us at (800) 262-2799 for a free consultation, or request information online.