Critical Mass: The Omnilert Blog

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The ‘seven questions’ series highlights the experiences of practitioners and thought-leaders in the field of Emergency Management & Response. Omnilert is excited to launch this new series of blog posts by interviewing Captain Lawrence Wright, the Assistant Director of Public Safety at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Captain Wright had an important role to play in last week’s p …

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David Wade

An emergency can strike a campus at any time.  Whether it’s a man made event, a natural disaster, or a simple accident that evolves into something much larger, school administrations must be ready to respond quickly.  Pre-planning is a critical stage of the Crisis Continuum. Fortunately, schools can effectively prepare for many types of emergencies long before a crisis occurs. After identifying yo …

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David Wade

Omnilert and e2Campus, the innovators of the multimodal mass notification system, are excited to announce our participation in the following 2015 industry tradeshows and conferences. We will have booths at these shows where you can meet our staff, and see a live demonstration of our platform, including the new Scenario Launcher app which provides better, faster, notification possibilities for your …

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David Wade

Omnilert, the pioneer in mass emergency notification systems, introduces Scenario Launcher, the new mobile application for iPhone and Android that allows users to quickly initiate complex emergency response actions directly from their smart phones. In 2013, Omnilert introduced the Scenario Manager to their e2Campus and Omnilert emergency notification systems.  The tool allows users to pre-plan com …

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Scott Howard

Here at Omnilert, we often see schools, businesses, and other institutions seeking a better way to manage user information for their emergency notification systems. Most see ENS data management as a choice between two options: Opt-In: Where all users self-subscribe and maintain their own contact data. Opt-Out: Where the institution collects and adds contact data into the ENS. (Users must unsubscri …

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Scott Howard

An “Opt-Out” Emergency Notification Service (ENS) is one where you (the institution, school, or business) load in contact info for your users. The users can then “opt-out” if they don’t want to receive your alerts. (This is the opposite of “opt-in”, where users must self-subscribe for alerts.) There’s benefits and drawbacks to each methodology (read about it here). In this article, I’m assuming yo …

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Becky Goudy

There are many different ways to manage users in an emergency notification system (ENS). At its core, an ENS is used to keep your community (campus, school, or business) safe and informed in the event of an emergency. Any communications strategy should include many different channels of communication. At Omnilert, we call this multimodal notification (aka “Omnilerting”.)  This often involves colle …

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Scott Howard

“Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.” We’ve all heard that adage a thousand times before. No place is that more true than in emergency management. Nobody wants a crisis to happen. However, we all know that the world is unpredictable and, eventually, there will be an emergency on our campuses. Hopefully, it’s something small and manageable, but we must always prepare something much bigger. Th …

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David Wade

Happy New Year Omnilerters! The new year is upon us and we hope you take a moment to reflect upon your successes last year. For most people, this week is the official launch of many New Years resolutions.   Exercise more, eat a healthier diet, lose the 10 lbs accumulated during the holiday season, spend more time with family, and so on.   Have you had a chance to consider your emergency communicat …

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Katherine Chalmers

Snow and Ice Storms Responses to snow and ice storms are the most common winter alerts for most businesses. When freezing precipitation begins, employees start checking for snow day status. Keep your people informed of closures, road conditions, etc. Suggested Notifications: Closure/disruption alerts: Let employees know who should report to work, who should work from home, what hours the building …

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