Critical Mass: The Omnilert Blog

Samantha Leland

Leesburg, Va. – Omnilert, LLC recently announced the hiring of Frank McCathran who is now serving as the company’s vice president. He will be responsible for sales, marketing, and customer success initiatives. Previously, McCathran was the director of enterprise solutions at Earth Networks-WeatherBug where he spent 13 years developing and implementing enterprise solutions to help organizations imp …

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Eric Polovich

We’ve recently been discussing ‘the Most Important Minute’ – that first minute during a crisis situation when every second counts. Since emergencies can be frantic and emotional by nature, what you do during the first minute of a crisis can severely impact the outcome. That is why it is essential to plan well in advance and be ready to execute your Emergency Response Plan, and critical communicati …

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Scott Howard

  Omnilert is pleased to introduce the new Network Status dashboard. This new resource allows customers to access live updates related to the Omnilert Network. The genesis was to provide full transparency to our customers and to fulfill our quest to be continually responsive to our customers’ needs and requests. Omnilert believes that confidence, integrity, and transparency are the main ingre …

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Eric Polovich

How to ensure the quality of your critical communications system When it comes to critical communications, just as flying an aircraft filled with hundreds of passengers, failure is not an option. There is no second chance to get it right.  So, when it’s crucial that your communications are received, can you be certain your organization will succeed? Ongoing performance testing and measuring all of …

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Samantha Leland

For emergency managers, testing is a rehearsal for the unforeseen or even the unthinkable. This especially applies to critical communications that, if conducted properly, could save lives. Yet, critical communications is still relatively new as a dedicated function on campuses and in enterprise environments, so the adoption of best practices for testing is far from universal.  Last year we surveye …

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Ara Bagdasarian

The unthinkable is happening.  Lives are now at risk.  The clock is ticking. What do you do during the first minute of a critical incident? The first minute is an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock.  Add an emotional rush of panic and anxiety… now you must orchestrate your crisis communications plan.  This is the most important minute of an emergency response; it sets the wheels in motion …

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Samantha Leland

Omnilert : Tell us about yourself. Christian: Most of my experience has been in the emergency arena. I’ve worked in level one trauma centers, as a paramedic, and firefighter / EMS. I have been with the Cambridge Health Alliance for about twelve years now.  We are a complex system in that we are a quasi-public authority healthcare system. We are a 3 campus, 3 hospital system with about 30 ambulator …

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Samantha Leland

Jerry Haynes is a Senior Operations Specialist at EOG Resources (Enron Oil & Gas Company) located in San Antonio, Texas.   Omnilert:  Tell us a bit about yourself and your position within EOG. Jerry: I have been with EOG coming up on 9 and a half years.  EOG is an oil and gas company.  We do drilling and have some pipeline services.  I work in their IS department.  I started out doing div …

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Ara Bagdasarian

 Another clear case for multimodality. Here’s a topic that can be uncomfortable for some to address, yet is too important to ignore: Technology will fail. Networks have outages. Storms knock down phone lines. Mobile carriers get overloaded. Email gets delayed. Power outages occur. Cell towers get compromised. ISPs have routing issues. Every single technology has the inevitability of failure.  That …

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