Critical Mass: The Omnilert Blog

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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Katherine Chalmers

This webinar,  from our 2012 “Best Practices in Emergency Notification” webinar series,  is very timely to re-share in light of recent conversations regarding one-click unified mass notifications.   A decade ago, Omnilert introduced one-click multi-modal mass communications to the world, and continues to innovate to bring new capabilities to make it easier to reach people via every possible mechan …

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Ara Bagdasarian

Reaching your people via the way they consume information is the essence of a multi-modal or multi-channel approach.  Our world presents a multitude of communication vehicles, each with their own unique relevance based on the context of the information. Each unique environment presents different individuals with different roles and level of access, and having the ability to instantly reach everyon …

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David Wade

There were a pair of incidents last week where schools sent erroneous messages through their Emergency Notification Service (ENS). One was a system test that sent an inadvertent bomb threat message resulting in a locked down Colorado High School http://on9news.tv/14479G2, and another had parents frantic with worry over unintentional voice calls indicating their children were missing http://ti.me/1 …

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Ara Bagdasarian

Omnilert has always adhered to this simple principle when it comes to pricing:  Sending an emergency alert should never be a financial decision.   It can be very tempting to purchase a discount mass texting system that has a very low annual fee but then requires the purchase of “buckets of text messages,” so you only pay for exactly what you use.   It makes financial sense – right? Addressing this …

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