Alertify to Offer Grants to Universities Providing its Emergency Alert Service at No Cost

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In response to funding struggles in states like Florida, Omvox Telecom Corp has extended a grant program to provide its AlertifyTM mass alerting and notification system at no cost to colleges and universities nationwide.

We can have them up and working in two days, giving them time to resolve funding issues and evaluate the best solution for their needs.

In response to funding struggles in states like Florida, Omvox Telecom Corp has extended a grant program to provide its AlertifyTM mass alerting and notification system at no cost to colleges and universities nationwide.

Michael Self, founder and CEO of Omvox Telecom Corp., the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based parent of AlertifyTM, sees the grant program as an immediate, interim solution to a long-term need. To date, the AlertifyTM grant program has been tapped by 50 schools nationwide.

"While schools struggle with the question of what to do long term, they can use AlertifyTM until they have a permanent, long-term plan in place," said Self, who has designed notification systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Navy in the 1990s, and created one of the first mass-alert systems in 1989. "We can have them up and working in two days, giving them time to resolve funding issues and evaluate the best solution for their needs."

Self goes on to say "We are no stranger to stepping up to the plate in times of need. Immediately after hurricane Katrina, Omvox put a system in place that helped evacuees get in touch with friends and relatives, at no cost."

"From weather alerts to classroom changes to on-campus emergencies, these services immediately send users must-know information," said Self. "One person can notify thousands of people in minutes."

Universities who are interested in applying for the AlertifyTM grant program should complete an application online or call the company directly.

Schools subscribed to the system enter each student, parent and/or guardian's contact information. This includes e-mail or text addresses, and landline or wireless phone numbers. When an emergency arises, like a weather alert or school security issue, the system administrator or authorized user logs on to the secure Website and sends a recorded or text message instantly to those contacts. The solution can be used to remind parents about upcoming grade school assemblies or events or a professor can tell students of a classroom change.

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