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More than 300 tornadoes have devastated the Midwest over the last few weeks turning the average tornado season into the 4th worst on record. The seemingly average tornado season has become increasingly extreme as the typical average is 280 for the entire month of May.

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive and powerful storm systems, bringing storm surges, heavy rain, strong wind, flooding, tornadoes and landslides. The Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and the Atlantic season begins June 1, both ending on November 30.  

If you don’t have a communication strategy for dealing with these devastating events, now is the time to prepare one. CallingPost is a great way to help you communicate quickly and easily during a weather-related emergency. Here’s how.

Businesses can send messages to customers regarding closures and reopening of offices, update customers about interruptions for things like trash things like trash pickup, water outages, boil water notices, power and cable outages, and notify employees about evacuation notifications and updates.  Because CallingPost offers text, voice and email group messaging, even if one service is out, another is likely to reach all the members of a group.

Schools and Universities can provide notifications about bus delays and class cancellations, and communicate with parents and guardians about student safety during events that happen during school hours.  Faculty and administrators can operate completely in sync, because everyone will receive the same message at the same time.

Apartment Complexes/Management Office and Home Owners Associations can provide information regarding local evacuation zone and alternate plans, notices about local hurricane and tornado preparedness training, and provide contact information for local shelters and other emergency services. They can also keep residents updated as to when it’s safe to come back and how repairs and cleanup activities will be rolled out to get things back to normal.

First Responders and Emergency Services can notify volunteers and workers about locations/regions that need medical attention, staffing, and post-storm recovery and damage repair.  As first responders move through communities, updates can be sent as each affected area is visited and cleared.

“Preparing ahead of a disaster is the responsibility of all levels of government, the private sector, and the public,” said Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., FEMA deputy administrator for resilience. “It only takes one event to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare.”

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