The following are sample templates to offer a wide array of messages. The following samples are for various weather events and natural disaster situations, such as earthquakes and wildfires.
Some templates are designed to be shorter than 160 characters so that they will fit in a single SMS (text message). Others are longer to convey more information. For longer SMS messages, Omnilert will send a link to SMS recipients.
As every organization has its own needs, you may find some of these more useful than others. Alternatively, you may simply find inspiration for creating your own templates in Omnilert.
The National Weather Service has reported [WEATHER EVENT] is approaching the area. It is not known at this time the extent of this severe weather. Seek shelter immediately. Follow instructions from emergency & university personnel. Standby for additional messages and go to [URL] or call [PHONE NUMBER]
SEVERE WEATHER 2
Severe weather approaching [LOCATION]. Seek shelter now. Go to go to [URL] or call [PHONE NUMBER] for more info
WINTER WEATHER WARNING
The National Weather Service has announced a Winter Weather Warning for the local area. Take appropriate precautions. Standby for additional messages and go to [URL] or call [PHONE NUMBER] or check other local sources for more information.
WINTER WEATHER WARNING 2
Winter Weather Warning. Take precautions. Go to go to [URL] or call [PHONE NUMBER] for more info
WINTER STORM WARNING
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for [LOCATION]. Please proceed with caution and allow extra time for travel. Visit [URL] for info.
Life-threatening weather conditions exist - seek indoor shelter immediately until further notice. See [URL] for more info.
CAMPUS CLOSED (WEATHER)
YOUR UNIVERSITY Campus will be closed on/at [DATE/TIME] due to inclement weather. Go to [URL] for info
CAMPUS CLOSED (WEATHER) 2
ATTENTION! [ORGANIZATION NAME] will be closed as of [DATE/TIME] due to inclement weather. For additional information and updates, visit [URL], call [PHONE NUMBER], or stay tuned to local-area media.
CLASSES CANCELLED (WEATHER)
Classes will be canceled on/at [DATE/TIME] due to inclement weather. Go to [URL] for info.
OPERATIONS SUSPENDED (WEATHER)
Due to inclement weather, all but essential operations are suspended beginning at [DATE/TIME], continuing until further notice. Check with your supervisor regarding whether your position is essential during this situation. Please limit phone use so phone lines are available for emergency messaging. Standby for additional messages and go to the website: [URL] or call the [ORGANIZATION NAME] Hotline at [PHONE NUMBER] or other local sources for more information.
OPERATIONS SUSPENDED (WEATHER) 2
Operation suspended today at [TIME] except for essential personnel. Go to [URL] or call [PHONE NUMBER] for info
An earthquake has occurred. You should evacuate all [ORGANIZATION NAME] buildings and remain outside until further notice.
EMERGENCY! An earthquake has just occurred. For your safety, evacuate all [ORGANIZATION NAME] buildings. Remain outside for further information. We will provide updates as we receive more information. For additional information and updates go to [URL]
Emergency! [LOCATION] is currently flooding. Please avoid the area. [URL]
[LOCAL AREA] is currently flooding. If you are in the area, seek higher ground immediately. If you are at home or on campus, stay where you are. For additional information and updates go to [ORGANIZATION NAME]
Electrical storm! Lightning is striking on or near campus. Stay inside and away from metal objects.
Electrical storm lightning is striking on or near campus. Stay inside and away from metal objects until the storm has stopped. For additional information and updates go to [URL]
A Severe Weather report indicates a potential impact on [ORGANIZATION NAME]. The campus is now closed. See [URL] for details
SEVERE WEATHER 2
A severe weather report indicates a potential impact on [ORGANIZATION NAME]. The campus is closed until [DATE].
A tornado warning has been issued for [LOCATION] until [TIME]. Visit [URL] for more details.
A tornado warning has been issued for [LOCATION] until [TIME].
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted on the ground and you should take immediate action to take cover. Stay away from windows, doors, and walls that face the building's exterior.
- Go to a sheltered area, such as a basement or the lowest level in the building;
- If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls;
- Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside;
- Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck;
- Do not open the windows.
If a tornado hits and you sustain injuries or witness others being injured, call [PHONE NUMBER] or dial 911.
If the tornado warning is extended or lifted, an update will be posted at [URL]
WILDFIRE EVACUATION 1
[ORGANIZATION NAME] Alert! There is a fast-moving wildfire near [LOCATION 1]. If you are on campus, evacuate immediately head towards [LOCATION 2].
WILDFIRE EVACUATION 2
There is a fast-moving wildfire near [LOCATION 1]. Evacuations have been ordered. If you are on campus, evacuate immediately to [LOCATION 2]. If you are not in the area, stay away. For additional information and updates go to [URL]
NWS WARNING / NATURAL DISASTER (General Warning)
A warning was issued by the National Weather Service for [LOCAL AREA] on [DATE] at [TIME]. Public Safety Services personnel are mandating everyone to seek shelter & stay indoors until further notice. Visit [URL] for more information & updates.
Evacuation of parts of campus required. Go to [URL] for info on areas to be evacuated.
AREA EVACUATION 2
An immediate evacuation of [LOCATION] is required due to [REASON]. Remain calm. Follow the instructions of emergency and other university personnel. After leaving the area, go to the [ORGANIZATION NAME] Emergency website: [URL].
Standby for additional messages. Personnel in those areas not listed for evacuation should remain in place, be alert to changing conditions.