The February issue of the Association of School Business Officials’ (ASBO) School Business Affairs shared insight from SchoolDude’s Nick Mirisis regarding how mobile technology can help schools prepare for a crisis.
“Mobile applications make information easily accessible to those who need it when they need it most. Mobile technology allows an element of control during an out-of-control situation. It puts the school safety plan in the hands of essential personnel on the one device they are never without; their smartphone,” said Mirisis.
Addressing recent research, Mirisis cited that although individuals respond to phone alerts more quickly than to email notifications, only 22% of schools currently use text messaging to notify parents of emergency situations.
He also goes on to address the advantages of using a mobile app during emergencies, including:
- Accessibility and availability across mobile devices
- GPS capabilities
- Unlimited downloads, updates, users and notifications
- Two-way communication
To read the full article, ASBO members can find the February issue of
School Business Affairs here.
This article originally appeared in the February 2015 School Business Affairs magazine and is reprinted with permission of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The text herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of ASBO International, and use of this imprint does not imply any endorsement or recognition by ASBO International and its officers or affiliates.