This week, Southern Methodist University experienced a campus wide power outage. Dorms, dinning halls, and classroom buildings were all closed. You can imagine the student's frustration when, on top of being told to evacuate, the university's call and text system didnt work. Turns out their broadcasting system relied on a local source of power, as well. SMU relied on Twitter to release updates, but Twitter status updates only go so far in this situation. Now they are dealing with the fallout of angry parents and students who are blaming the university for creating additional anxiety during a crisis.Read more »
Hurricane Harvey is turning into a catastrophic rainfall and flood threat. It will likely turn into the nation's first Category 3 landfall in almost 12 years as it makes landfall over the Texas Gulf Coast. Dangerous flooding from the storm-surge and strong winds could leave parts of the area uninhabitable for extended periods of time. At Call-Em-All we take pride in being able to provide a valuable service that helps so many people communicate during an emergency.Read more »
This past year, Mother Nature presented us with floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions the wreaked havoc across the globe. However, amidst all of the tragedy that came from these natural disasters there was a silver lining. For it is only during times of such tragedy that people are able to show their full potential in their willingness to help a fellow man.
Assistance, both financial and physical, was unprecedented as individuals, businesses, foundations and volunteer groups donated millions of dollars to fund relief efforts. And although there is nothing novel about an outpouring of support in the wake of a natural disaster, the medium through which people provided aid was very different than in years past.
According to the Mobile Giving Foundation, Americans used their cell phones to send text messages in which they pledged more than $30 million for Haitian relief efforts in the less than 10 days.Read more »