Adding a Reach Message to an On-Call Schedule

A Reach Message is how SAS relays a caller's message to your on-call staff after we've disconnected the call. You can choose to use a standard, pre-recorded message to play for each reach attempt, or you can create a custom message that can include call details. We'll look at both options below.  

NOTE: Before creating your Reach Message, it's a good idea to have your on-call staff members save your SAS forwarding number as a contact in their phone, so they always know who the messages are coming from.

Creating a Reach message

1. Within SAS Flex,  select the OnCall tab on the left menu navigation panel. 

2. Then, click on the  Reach Messages tab along the top navigation panel

3. Next click the  Add Message button as shown below.

4. In the pop-up window that appears on your page, you'll need to name your schedule. Then, choose one of the following Reach options:

Recording

If this option is chosen, all staff members will be called with the following message in the order that they are scheduled: "You have a new automated on call notification from SAS. Please press 1 to accept the message." 
If the first recipient presses 1, the system will play the full recording of the call for them. If the first recipient doesn't press anything, the system will follow the dialing order and queue time to dial the next recipient. If no one accepts the call, the system will result in a failed reach and stop dialing.
Note with a Recording Reach, if call recording is not active on the line, the system will not be able to send anything.

Text to Speech

If this option is chosen, the system will call all numbers in the array with the audio message, "You have a new automated on-call notification from SAS. Please press 1 to accept the message." If the recipient presses 1, the Text to Speech system will read the message created by the user. 

If no custom message has been set up within your portal, our system will send the Default Message, which includes the caller's Name, Number and Regarding. To customize the message, uncheck the Use default message box, then use the Select field drop down to view all applicable script variables. Once a variable has been selected from that list, the Copy merge field box will convert whichever variable you choose into the appropriate format, which you can then copy and paste into your message. 

SMS

If this option is chosen, a text message is sent to all numbers in the array at the same time. The message will say: "A new urgent message has been created. Reply with 'OK' to accept." Once accepted, the system will relay the custom text message that has been created in the portal.

The initial alert message will keep sending over the queue interval until all attempts are exhausted. If any of the recipients reply with 'OK', that recipient receives the message with the call details. Once a message has been accepted, any other recipients will automatically be notified that the message has been picked up along with the number of the phone that picked it up. 

If no custom message has been set up within your portal, our system will send the Default Message, which includes the caller's Name, Number and Regarding. To customize the message, uncheck the  Use default message box, then use the Select field drop down to view all applicable script variables. Once a variable has been selected from that list, the Copy merge field box will convert whichever variable you choose into the appropriate format, which you can then copy and paste into your message. 

If the SMS reach is exhausted and no one has claimed the message, the message can still be claimed with an 'OK' for a few minutes. After the relay window closes, replying with 'OK' will tell the recipient that the message is no longer available for pickup, and they will need to check their portal for message details.

Note: If an on-call contact responds to an automated SMS message notification with anything other than ‘OK’, such as STOP or END or QUIT, they have just blocked the SAS forward number on their phone. To unblock the message notifications, they need to text either START or YES to their forward number.  For more information, check out these instructions.

5. When you are done, click  Save.

Adding a Reach Message to an On-Call Schedule

Now that you've created your Reach Message(s), you can begin using them to build out your on-call schedules! 

1. Open up the Settings of whichever Reach schedule you wish to update.

2. Under Type, make sure Reach is chosen. Then, select your Reach Message.

3. When you are done, click Save

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