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3 steps to automated emergency notifications

Samantha Leland

As humans, it is common for us to get set in our ways. Change is never perceived as easy, and as Stan Goldberg said in Psychology Today, “being is easier than becoming”. But in the overlap of technology advancements with organizational safety initiatives, the obligation to move forward to provide better ways to save lives and keep our people informed during an emergency is alive and well. Although we can be resistant at times, we must make continuous changes to stay with the times and improve.

 

We must look for ways to better prepare before emergencies occur, improve response during an emergency, and practice continuous analysis for improvements after an emergency.  Leveraging your existing tools, like your emergency notification system, to automate your actions will remove human error and increase effectiveness before, during, and after an emergency.

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ENS Implementation & Management, Automating Emergency Notifications

Taking ownership during emergency response to avoid chaos

Samantha Leland

Many of us can think back to our first semester at college. On move-in day, we met the Residential Assistant in our dorm, walked the path to each class we were to attend, and made sure we could locate the mess hall. We did all of those things to reduce the stress and anxiety we knew we would already be facing on our first day of classes after moving away from home and knowing practically no one. We prepared for all the things we would anticipate going wrong.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

Remembering Virginia Tech and its impacts on campus safety

Samantha Leland

Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Over the course of these last few weeks our hearts were heavy as the anniversary crept closer and closer. Today, and all days going forward, we remember those lost and the families impacted.


Though a terrible tragedy, what happened at Virginia Tech was fuel for hundreds of higher education institutions (and even non-higher education institutions) to improve how they protect and notify their people.

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News & Events

Automating critical and emergency notifications at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Samantha Leland

 

Due to the diverse roles that make up the population at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and locations alike, critical communications and emergency notifications take many forms. UNMC’s Safety Manager, John Hauser, has to ensure everyone on campus and hospital grounds is notified immediately when a crisis or something out of the ordinary occurs.  


With the diverse population of employees, students, patients, and visitors, there is much to consider. Each of these groups may receive different information according to their role, receive information via different methods or channels according to their role, or even both -- all according to the severity and specifics of the incident.  John Hauser, along with any other Safety Manager, has his hands full.

 

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Collaborate with your Crisis Communication Team during an emergency

Eric Polovich

When an emergency strikes, response times are extremely important -- which is why you need to make sure you have the right people involved from the start.  Once you have notified your population and mobilized your resources -- it’s just as important to collaborate to discuss the next steps of the incident response with your team during the first moments of an emergency.

 

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

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