It takes a lot to keep a local government functioning, no matter how small.  Whether it’s a township, village, town, city, or county, local government officials need to be able to manage and coordinate well.  They certainly have a lot on their plate, and many local government workers find that sending out text alerts helps them to communicate in an effective way.  Here are 8 ways that local governments take advantage of text alerts.

Text Alerts for Local Governments

  1. Road Updates

Some small local governments use text alerts to let citizens know about closed roads or closed bridges, as well as detours.  Governments may also use text alerts to inform people about road conditions during inclement weather.

  1. Office Closings

Governments of any size can use text alerts to keep both citizens and employees in the know about government office closures due to weather or holiday hours.  Sending this kind of update via text helps eliminate confusion and can greatly reduce the number of phone calls or emails the office receives asking whether or not the facilities are closed.

  1. Community Events

Government employees use text alerts to update citizens on the details surrounding upcoming community events.  Text messages can make citizens aware of the date and time of the town meeting, the community picnic, the county fair, or any other event.

  1. Emergencies

Texting is a quick and efficient way to make a large number of people aware of an emergency.  Letting citizens know about a serious crime, disaster, or some other emergency in the area can do a lot to help a community be safer and more prepared.

  1. Staff Issues

Local governments use texting to coordinate employees regarding internal issues.  Texting can inform government employees about malfunctioning servers/equipment or any other kind of issues, helping keep everyone on the same page and everything running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

  1. Coordinating Departments

Coordination between different departments within a local government can be tricky.  Text alerts help to solve miscommunication issues, and some local governments utilize text messaging to help manage specific departments such as Human Services or Recreation.

  1. Local Project Updates

If a local government has some big project underway, communities appreciate being kept up to date.  Government workers realize this, so some local governments use text alerts to let citizens know what’s going on with the latest government projects—deadlines, locations, progress reports, and any other details.

  1. Any Other Updates!

The needs of local governments are as unique as the people who run them.  Text alerts can be used to assist communication and keep people updated on anything they might want (or need) to know.


So get organized, and be creative!  Let text alerts be an effective tool for your government or organization.

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More and more I am becoming aware of how much people love texting.  I mean, really love it.  You might even say that we have an obsession.  Don’t believe me?  Here I present some evidence proving humanity’s love for texting.

the phone-brella

1. The Phone-brella

Have you ever been out in the rain, holding your umbrella, frustrated as you fumble around while trying to text from your phone while you’re walking?  No?  Well, apparently somebody has.  People were frustrated enough about this problem that the Korean company kt-Design invented the Phone-brella.

Yes, the Phone-brella is a real thing.  It’s a normal umbrella with a handle that wraps around your wrist and sits there so that you can have your hands free.  Now you can text in the rain all day with no hassle!

2. A study on texting and walking

A study from researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Bath (United Kingdom) confirmed that texting while trying to walk causes people to walk more slowly.  Participants in the study had to make their way through an “obstacle course” of sorts that included “obstacles” such as curbs and posts that walkers had to avoid.  Luckily, the text-walkers proved up to the task and didn’t hit many of the obstacles.

The fact that this study was even conducted at all is proof in and of itself that people really love texting.

3. The rise of “text neck”

“Text neck” refers to painful symptoms that people experience from looking down at their phones for extended periods of time.  Apparently, prolonged time spent with the neck faced downward, such as when people text on their phones, hurts both the spinal cord and nerves and can cause painful symptoms or tingling sensations.  And these “text neck” symptoms are on the rise!


These are just a few examples that prove humanity’s love of texting in our modern world.  Maybe we have an obsession, maybe not.  But the reality of the importance of texting is there, and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon!


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And so it begins.

We are already being bombarded with ads, promotions, debates, promises, and everything else that goes along with a presidential campaign.  Candidates on each side are throwing all their effort into becoming our nation’s next leader in 2016’s election.

political campaign

An interesting facet of this presidential campaign is the progressive use of texting.  This article from the New York Times describes how presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Rand Paul are all taking advantage of texting to try to garner support for their campaigns.  The Times article claims, “Texting … has suddenly become a go-to vehicle for presidential campaigns when they need to get a message out as widely and quickly as possible, and with confidence that it will be read.”

Presidential candidates are realizing the potential of texting to really help their efforts.  According to the article some of the examples of ways that these candidates are taking advantage of text messaging include:

  • Bernie Sanders’s campaign encouraging supporters to get in contact by sending a text message (almost 50,000 people responded in one night).
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Rodham Clinton gathering cell phone numbers of supporters by asking people to text them during speeches.
  • Rand Paul’s campaign sending texts to try to get potential voters to sign petitions and show support for him.

These are just a few examples of how political candidates are using texting to help further their campaigns.  This seems to be the first presidential race in which texting is being used so extensively.  Candidates and their marketing managers are beginning to understand that texting can be an effective way to reach people, get them involved, and advance the campaign’s cause.

Would you want to be connected to a political campaign via text message, or do you find the idea invasive and unappealing?  Have you ever used texting to advance a political cause, or can you think of any ways you could use texting to support your cause?  Let me know your ideas at!

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A college or a university is a complicated organism.  You’ve got professors, students, staff, prospective students, parents, and volunteers.  Trying to coordinate all of these people can be exhausting, I’m sure!  One way that some colleges and universities have found to help remain organized is sending out text alerts.

Here are 7 ways that colleges and universities use text alerts.


  1. Student Announcements

Text alerts are a convenient and simple way to get an announcement out to the student body.  Make sure students are informed about events, activities, and updates.  Let them know if the bookstore will be closed for construction, when the next hockey game is, or what the results of the student body election are.

  1. Cancellations and Delays

Get the word out about any cancellations or delays.  This is especially useful when there is snow or severe weather – students won’t have to wonder whether or not campus is closed if you let them know via text message!

  1. Emergencies and Security Alerts

Let students, faculty, and staff know if there is an emergency or a potential threat to security in the area.  The university that I attended would send us a text if there was a tornado warning, or if there was a shooting nearby.  These kinds of updates helped us keep alert.

  1. Coordinating Programs

Many universities use text alerts to help coordinate specific programs or divisions in the school. For example, one university might send out texts to their music department to make students aware of audition details or available gigs; another university might send out texts to students involved in the internship program to remind them of important information.

  1. Staff and Faculty Updates

Not only do colleges use text alerts to keep students informed, they also use text alerts for faculty and staff.  Text alerts are useful for letting professors know when they need to post attendance, or for keeping people up to date on the rescheduled staff meeting or the latest faculty change.

  1. Reminders

Sending out text message reminders can increase attendance/ participation and can help eliminate confusion.  You can send out reminders about graduation, orientation, class sign-up dates, sports events, band concerts, and your professors can even send out homework reminders.

  1. Increasing Graduation Rate

For students who are failing, follow up with them via text alerts to try working with them to get their grades up. You have the option to allow for replies so that students are able to respond to the texts. This can make for great personalization and can increase students’ chances of earning better grades and completing a degree.


There are so many ways colleges can utilize text alerts.  If you would like to try it out for your college or university, get set up with a risk-free trial account at

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