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Text Messaging Helping Organizations Respond to Winter Storm Emergency

More than 200 million Americans are currently under winter weather alerts as this historic storm inflicts substantial damage to large parts of the country. Another storm is on its way. Many of our clients have been affected by this severe weather. We are grateful that they have been able to use text messaging to help execute their emergency response plan and better ensure the safety of patients, staff, and visitors.

Here are a few examples of texts our clients have sent over the past 24-48 hours:

  • I regret to inform you that the center will be closed now through Thursday February 18 with plans to reopen Friday February 19 due to inclement weather. Safety for our patients, drivers and employees are a top priority. Please contact your Physician at your earliest convince to reschedule. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have cost you.

  • All employees, unit 4 will be set up with cots, blankets and pillows for your use in case of inclement weather and you wish to stay instead of driving home. Please notify your on duty supervisor if you are wanting to stay and they will help get you set up in a room. Thank you all for everything you do!

  • The Center will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday due to the power outages and inclement weather. If you have PTO, you are welcome to use it. If you do not, please talk to your supervisor directly. Stay tuned for updates. Stay WARM! Thank you.

  • Due to inclement weather and unsafe road conditions your appointment for tomorrow has been CANCELLED. Please contact your doctor directly to reschedule. Thank you.

About a year ago, I wrote a blog titled "Your emergency preparedness plan: Why it needs to include text messaging." The events of 2020 and now the early part of 2021 have further cemented this belief.

To everyone affected by these storms, please stay safe! To our clients: If you need any assistance with sending emergency texts, call or text me at (615) 429-4252.



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