School Emergency Alert Registration
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Register to receive Emergency Text Messages.
Parents can be alerted to school closings and other school-related emergencies via text message and e-mail through School Alert — a service made possible by the I-KAN Regional Office of Education’s Emergency Response and Crisis Management Project and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.
Examples of emergency uses for School Alert include severe weather warnings and weather-related school closings, emergency and crisis situations and reunification procedures for parents and students.
School Alert is part of Sheriff Alert – the Kankakee County Sheriff Department’s Mass Notification System. Funding from a federal Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant made it possible for the I-KAN Regional Office of Education to purchase licenses for any public or private school wanting to participate.
Registering for School Alert is easy and free. From the website at schools.sheriffalert.com users register their e-mail address and cell phones and choose which types of messages and safety alerts they want to receive. They also have the ability to update and change their preferences at the same website.
There is no cost to use either School Alert or Sheriff Alert – except for the per text message fee that may be charged by individual cell phone providers. There is no charge to receive e-mails.
To learn if your child’s school is part of the School Alert Mass Notification System, visit schools.sheriffalert.com and choose School Districts to see the list of public and private schools participating.
ERCM Project Director, Roxanne Hooper
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