Flash Alert

Welcome to FlashAlert Newswire through the ESD 123 School Announcement Network

It's 4:30 AM and you and your transportation director have determined that the roads are too icy and dangerous for buses. Do you really want to call or try to fax every television and radio station to announce that your school is closed or delayed? Wouldn't it be easier to notify ALL of the local media and your community with the click of a button? It's time to consider FlashAlert Newswire® through ESD 123.

WHAT IS IT?

Public and private school systems across the ESD 123 region participate in FlashAlert Newswire® to deliver their crucial emergency information (closures and delays), news releases and other announcements to local news media. FlashAlert is used by schools, police, cities and other organizations from Texas to Alaska. In Southeast Washington, our schools participate in the School Announcement Network through a cooperative with ESD 123. Learn more about FlashAlert at www.flashalert.net.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Participants using FlashAlert send their information to the news media via a continuously updated website and e-mails. FlashAlert also automatically places this information into the websites of participating stations and newspapers. The information can be sent directly to the public through the additional FlashMessenger feature.

Download instructions for accessing Flash Messenger to receive emergency messages from the ESD.

WHO IS USING FLASHALERT?

Public and private schools, police and fire departments, colleges, businesses and more are using FlashAlert to get their information into the hands of the media. ESD 123 currently manages the FlashAlert system for the following participants:
  1. Benton Franklin Head Start
  2. Bethlehem Lutheran School 
  3. Boys & Girls Club
  4. Calvary Christian School 
  5. Childrens Developmental Center
  6. Christ the King School
  7. Clarkston Sch. Dist.
  8. College Place Sch. Dist.
  9. Columbia-Burbank Sch. Dist.
  10. Dayton Sch. Dist.
  11. Dixie Sch. Dist.
  12. Finley Sch. Dist.
  13. Kahlotus Sch. Dist.
  14. Kennewick Sch. Dist.
  15. Kingspoint Christian School
  16. Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist.
  17. Liberty Christian School Tri-Cities
  18. North Franklin Sch. Dist.
  19. Othello Sch. Dist.
  20. Pasco Sch. Dist.
  21. Paterson Sch. Dist.
  22. Prescott Sch. Dist.
  23. Prosser Sch. Dist.
  24. Richland Sch. Dist.
  25. Tri-City Adventist School
  26. Touchet Sch. Dist.
  27. Vista Hermosa Elementary
  28. Waitsburg Sch. Dist.
  29. Walla Walla Sch. Dist.

WHO MANAGES THE SYSTEM?

Craig Walker Communications, Inc. developed FlashAlert Newswire and has been managing emergency communications for the school districts in Portland, OR for over 35 years. Craig Walker contracts with ESD 123 in the Tri-Cities so that subscribers in Eastern Washington have a local contact working with the region's schools and media. Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator at ESD 123, manages the FlashAlert system for our region.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

To learn more or to sign up your school or program, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.
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