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Hart district offers emergency text message service

Posted: September 15, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 10:00 a.m.
 
Students, parents and community members who wish to be notified by text alert to their cell phones whenever there is an emergency in the William S. Hart Union High School District now have the ability to subscribe to the contact service through the district Web site at www.hartdistrict.org.

The emergency text alerts would be in addition to the district’s emergency telephone system, which has the ability to contact up to six telephone numbers for each of the 23,000 students in the district within 20 minutes in case of a major emergency.

Emergency messages, which go out by telephone ,can also be accessed by the flashing “Emergency” button on the district’s Web site home page so that families will be able to verify the full text of an emergency  phone message that may have been cut off by an answering machine or hang-up. The Emergency button is lighted only when an emergency message is posted and is not used for routine telephone messages.

The text alert system would be used only in major emergency situations such as school closures or re-openings, emergency dismissal information and evacuation center locations. Local residents who want to receive emergency messages on their mobile telephones can subscribe to the emergency text messaging service by texting “WSHEMERGENCY” to 41411.

There is also a box on the district’s Web site where prospective subscribers can simply enter their mobile telephone number in the “Emergency Text Alerts” box posted on the site.

Subscribers are reminded that standard text messaging rates will apply, charged by the mobile phone service provider. The district also has provided a text address to unsubscribe to the service at any time that subscribers no longer wish to receive emergency text messages from the district.

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