Wednesday, August 24, 2011

East Coast Earthquake – “We’re OK!”

Some parents on the east coast were worried about their children during yesterday’s rare earthquake

Yesterday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit Virginia at 1:51 p.m., but it was felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Canada. Many workers were dismissed shortly after the earthquake, but with phone lines tied up, how could worried parents know their kids were safe?

Elisha Buividas, Academy Director in Vorhees, N.J., was able to alert parents instantly with just a few clicks. If you’re a teacher or daycare provider, you may be wondering how Buividas was able to do this so quickly—how could she have instantly found contact information for each and every parent, drafted a message and send it amidst a crisis? The answer: technology.

While phone lines may have been tied up, data is still able to be transferred. Buividas said, “Hope you survived the earthquake! We actually used Tadpoles to send out an ‘okay’ message to our parents, who liked it very much.” The “Tadpoles that she’s referring to is our Tadpoles Pro app, an iPhone/iPad app that allows schools and childcare providers to instantly access parent contact information and send out messages and alerts, in addition other features.

So, while some parents on the east coast were worried about their children, those of the academy had instant peace of mind via the Tadpoles app for parents.

No one can predict when a crisis such as yesterday’s earthquake will occur, but it’s better to be prepared than not— Elisha Buividas, and countless parents, can vouch for that!

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