MIAMI, Sept. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SimpleTexting, the Miami-based provider of a bulk text messaging service, began offering its web-based service free of charge to aid and relief organizers in the Southeast. According to company co-founder Gene Sigalov, "SimpleTexting is in a unique position to help by opening up our service to those organizations and communities that may really need it right now, and we intend to do just that." He continued, "We want to make communication as easy and efficient as possible during these adverse conditions."
As of Friday evening, to take advantage of SimpleTexting's emergency service, qualifying organizers should set up an account at SimpleTexting.com and fill out a short request for information at https://goo.gl/PvUCAM.
As Irma tracks toward the Florida coastline, a number of emergency organizations have begun using web-based, bulk text messaging systems to communicate swiftly to people who need crucial information in real time. These texting systems will help people to stay informed with emergency updates, including important information about the location and status of major shelters. Florida residents, for example, can find a nearby hurricane shelter by texting "SHELTER" and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362). They can also text "FLPREPARES" to 888777 to receive updates from the State Emergency Response Team. At least one county in Georgia has implemented a similar opt-in, text message alert system for local residents.
The Guardian reports that Irma will reach the south Florida coast late Saturday or early Sunday, and that it could turn into "the most severe hurricane to ever hit the US." Based in Florida, the owners and employees at SimpleTexting feel a special bond with fellow Floridians and others in the path of the storm. "Rather than sitting back and waiting to see what happens," said co-founder Felix Dubinsky, "we want to help our community with the resources we have on hand."
SimpleTexting has a single mission—to help our clients deepen existing relationships and add new connections through low-cost, simple text communications.