The East Coast is certainly no stranger to Mother Nature’s extreme weather patterns – from torrential rains that left us swimming a few weeks ago to the record-breaking Snowmaggedon of last winter. While hurricane season has not yet churned out the crazy systems as predicted at the start of June, Tropical Storm Nicole did her darnedest to end the summer season in high style. A few weeks ago, the East Coast relentless rain forced many cities, towns and school districts to turn to their Blackboard mass notification systems to get messages out to thousands in minutes. As severe flooding caused closed roads, backed up sewer lines and school cancellations and delays, more than 2.5 million calls were successfully sent out using Blackboard Connect, with AlertNow putting out more than 1.3 million calls. Combined, Blackboard mass notification services sent more than 3.8 million calls over the course of last week.
In northeast Maryland, Harford County experienced record rainfall causing flooded roads, downed trees, power outages and school closures according to a recent article. Using the Blackboard Connect service, Harford County officials sent out a phone call and/or e-mail to residents warning of dangerous weather conditions. As several rescues had been made, the message also encouraged residents living in flood-prone areas to take extra precaution and relocate until the storms passed.
“As weather conditions continue to deteriorate over the next several hours, record level rainfall could result in flooding of homes that are susceptible to such conditions. Residents of low-lying areas should begin to prepare to relocate their family and pets,” the recorded message continued. “Reach out to family members and/or friends that may assist you.”
Down in North Carolina, Scotland County felt Tropical Storm Nicole’s wrath as flash flood watches were issued for the county and throughout the state last week. As reported in The Laurinburg Exchange, Scotland County School officials closely monitored the development of the storms and tracked road conditions as the rain fell, noting that any delays would be announced to parents via the district’s AlertNow system.
It’s hard to predict what else Mother Nature has in store as we head into the fall and winter months. With Blackboard mass notification services, though, you can rest assure that urgent messages will be sent out quickly when it matters most.