Our website's CMS is Ekklesia360 from Monk Development (www.monkdev.com).
Our Campus Intranet CMS is Jenzabar's system called JICS that we have branded as MyDenSem.
Our email blast service provider is Informz, though we have student emails through GMail, which will allow us to create distribution lists to students in our Exchange Server without having to go through Informz. I will still send emergency announcements through Informz, however, as many staff and faculty signed up for the list to go to their personal email address.
It's not a perfect system, since each system, including SchoolDispatch, is completely separate. I will have to manually update and create announcements for each of these venues, but they are all extremely easy to use, so I should be able to create something in Word and post them pretty quickly.
With the exception of MyDenSem and the student email distribution lists, all of the CMS systems are Internet-based, so we are not dependent on internal systems to get the communication out, which is also nice. We will likely even import the student email lists into Informz at least once per quarter to ensure that we have a way to get emergency emails to students should our internal systems go down.
I guess I should also mention that emergency notifications are multi-pronged. The text messaging is just a portion of it. We also have in our plan to post message on our website, our campus intranet, and Facebook, to send an email, and a variety of other, on-campus communications methods as the emergency warrants. (We are not currently using Twitter, as we discovered in a recent survey that only a tiny fraction of our constituents and students are on it.)
We were actually approached by a company called VadoMedia who began offering free text messaging services to college campuses after Virginia Tech. They system they created for it is called SchoolDispatch. All text messages sent through the system are free (and they do have a pretty powerful system), though non-emergency messages include a very brief ad by a sponsor who actually pays for the text messages. The sponsors vary by region. All emergency messages, which they define as "life-threatening," are sent without the sponsor information and free of charge. We have opted to only use the system for weather-related closure messages and emergencies.
The only challenge that I've found with the system so far is that there's no way for us to update contact information. Because the system is completely opt-in, only subscribers can manage and update their information...
If you want to learn more, visit their website: http://www.vadomedia.com/products/schooldispatch.aspx
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