Calif. College Enhances Emergency Communications with Waterfall Mobile’s AlertU Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – City College of San Francisco (CCSF), part of the California Community Colleges (CCC) System, announced June 25 it will deploy the AlertU emergency alert notification system from Waterfall Mobile, becoming the 22nd district in the CCC System to implement AlertU. CCSF is California’s largest single administration, multi-campus community college. CCSF administrators now have the ability to send critical text message alerts and emergency updates to the mobile devices of over 100,000 students, faculty and staff in real-time.

“As one of the largest community colleges in the nation with 10 campuses and over 150 instructional sites in San Francisco, it is imperative we react quickly and efficiently during an emergency,” said Peter Goldstein, Vice Chancellor of City College of San Francisco. “AlertU gives us the ability to communicate critical information and updates to our campus community, at anytime from anywhere, and monitor alerts and responses.”

With AlertU, CCSF administrators can now create detailed emergency text messages, send alerts to targeted audiences or broadcast school-wide emergency communications. AlertU’s advanced reporting and analytics provide detailed tracking and monitoring combined with a patent-pending 2-way messaging system, enabling CCSF to obtain and react to critical tactical information from first responders and students.

“Proactive and strategic emergency communications planning is essential,” said Matthew Sechrest, CEO of Waterfall Mobile. “AlertU is ideal for large institutions like City College of San Francisco, where secure, enterprise-class communications systems are critical in their ability to effectively respond to emergencies. We are proud to be part of mass alert notification systems in community colleges throughout California.”

AlertU is an easy-to-use, web-based, emergency text alert notification platform architected by Waterfall Mobile for institutions, college and university campus communities, and enterprise facility management. Built with integrated security, scalability and fault tolerance, AlertU offers a robust platform with nontechnical integration, and it is easy to deploy and administer. There are no fees to subscribers for enrolling in the service, however standard text message rates apply.

AlertU is available to City College of San Francisco students, faculty, staff and campus community. Friends and family are also able to receive alert updates. To subscribe and receive CCSF text alerts, please text CCSF to 253788 (ALERTU) and reply Y to confirm or sign up online at

Waterfall Mobile June 25, 2008 press release

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