New Service Alerts Parents When a School Lockdown Occurs

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LockdownAlert.com allows parents to receive a text message on their cell phone or an email alert when an emergency, such as a lock-down, occurs at their child's school.

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The free service is sponsored by advertisers such as Google and available to all schools nationwide. Parents simply choose a school and enter the email address or cell phone number they would like the alerts sent to.

LockDownAlert.com offers a solution to a common problem facing many parents today, untimely and incomplete information regarding school emergencies.

School lock-downs and other emergencies have become all too common in the U.S. Until now, parents have had to monitor local broadcasts, listening just in case something goes wrong. Most lock-downs occur when someone has a weapon on or near school property, a criminal is evading law enforcement near a school or there has been a threat made against students, staff or the facility.

For many parents, listening to a radio or watching television at their place of business is simply not an option. Education officials are quick to point out that they do not have the time or resources to call each and every parent when an emergency does occur.

The lack of notification can often add to the confusion as parents arrive at the school trying to pick up their children or when children fail to come home. Most schools will not release students during a lock-down and some schools move the students elsewhere depending upon the circumstances.

To solve this problem, LockDownAlert.com will send a text message or an email alert directly to parents as soon as an incident is reported. Parents can get the complete information regarding the incident, including detailed instructions, from the website.

Glen Wheeler, president of Xleet, Inc. which owns the site, explains, "The free service is sponsored by advertisers such as Google and available to all schools nationwide. Parents simply choose a school and enter the email address or cell phone number they would like the alerts sent to." He also added, "Parents are not asked for any personally identifying information. The phone numbers and email addresses are not shared with any third parties and are only used to send alerts regarding school related incidents."

LockDownAlert.com launched on Friday, November 3, 2006 for registration and will begin sending notices on December 1, 2006.

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