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August 30, 2010 09:56 ET

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Selects Send Word Now® to Deliver Critical Messages to Delivery Team Members During Natural Disasters

Send Word Now Partners With the Regional Food Bank, Providing a Critical Platform for Communication During Emergencies Throughout the State of Oklahoma

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 30, 2010) -  Send Word Now, the leading provider of on-demand alerting, response, and incident management services, announced today the use of its communications software by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank will use Send Word Now's communication platform to reach staff members and delivery truck drivers during emergencies such as ice storms, power outages, floods, or tornadoes.

The Regional Food Bank, which distributes food to 450 partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma, will notify staff members of office closings, shift changes, and early openings during any disruption, so that families and organizations in need are sent supplies as quickly as possible. The Regional Food Bank will also work with other disaster agencies to supply disaster relief in the form of cots, blankets, ready-to-heat-meals, and hygiene kits, throughout the state. The organization will use Send Word Now to coordinate deliveries and pre-position supplies along interstate highways before natural disasters strike the region.

"Send Word Now's alerting platform will drastically improve our crisis communication, making it both faster and easier," explained Steven Moran, Vice President of Operations. "The fact that we will be able to reach our staff members instantly and know that they have received our messages is extremely important." Before adopting Send Word Now, the Regional Food Bank relied on manual call trees, which were often too time-consuming. "This service will eliminate delays in communication, which will save staff time and fuel costs," he added. "It's going to be great, and I anticipate that we will find many more critical uses for Send Word Now as we move forward."

"We are extremely delighted to provide our services to The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma," said Tony Schmitz, President and CEO of Send Word Now. "For organizations such as the Regional Food Bank, which support the needs of so many families throughout Oklahoma, simple, timely, effective communication is paramount. Send Word Now facilitates just that." 

About Send Word Now
Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting and incident management services for both routine and emergency communication. The easy-to-use, web-based emergency notification service is used by government agencies, municipalities, universities, non-profit organizations and businesses, including many Fortune 500 companies, to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication in real-time. Send Word Now's Alert Tracer® provides a full audit trail of messages sent and received for after-action reporting and follow-up. Designed to reach anyone, anywhere, anytime, with any device over any type of connection, Send Word Now's mass notification system is capable of transmitting hundreds of thousands of voice and text messages in minutes. The company is headquartered in New York City. Visit Send Word Now on the web at http://www.sendwordnow.com or email us at info@sendwordnow.com. Follow Send Word Now on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sendwordnow and check out our new blog for industry news and insights at http://www.sendwordnow.com/Company/Blog.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 charitable feeding programs and elementary schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 358 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma's hungry. Visit www.regionalfoodbank.org to see the real-time counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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