AlertsU provides e-mail and text-messaging capabilities to registered users during emergencies or weather-related disasters affecting particular educational institutions.
When I first started at the C.E.T. I was hired to work on Community Alert Online. The idea was to create a 'community portal' where people could get information about weather related emergencies. My first enhancement was to add text messaging services, but we soon learned that the messaging services were vastly more popular than the informative sections of the site. so we created AlertsU as a stand alone emergency messaging system.