Mississippi launched a statewide emergency text alerts program last month as well as mobile application.
The Amherst police department started an SMS service last month to give citizens another way to get in touch with local authorities.
Boston Public Schools will roll out an anonymous, text messaging service for students and teachers to use when they witness bullying on school grounds.
Consistent studies have shown that SMS is the most commonly used cell phone application, but many businesses do not have an SMS marketing program.
A school in Georgia informed parents and guardians about a possible shooting on television even though they had an emergency text service.
Banks can benefit from text alerts as well.
Police officers can receive more anonymous tips through their own SMS service.
States like Minnesota and Iowa are rolling out a 911 SMS service to help others get in touch with authorities.