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Many organizations have implemented an emergency notification system to notify their people and most have an emergency action plan. Although this plan is helpful to an organization’s internal team, what about direction for those receiving the alert? Just sending an alert via text message or email to your people is not enough.
Sending an alert during an emergency or critical incident is an essential step in emergency response, but also including instructions and guidance towards safety is crucial. It is a large assumption to trust your people to know what to do when an alarm sounds or when they receive the text alert about an unsafe situation.
As an example, a college campus in California was recently the victim of a bomb threat. The dorms were evacuated and students and visitors were taken to the stadium while the buildings were searched and cleared. Although an emergency notification was initiated about the threat, it was unclear to many students as to what they were supposed to do or where they were going when evacuated.
Over time, technology and regulations (Clery Act, OSHA, NFPA, etc.) have allowed and forced organizations to improve emergency response processes by integrating with multiple channels of communication and flexible information sharing methods. Emergency notification systems, like Omnilert, allow organizations to not only send text and email messages, but also to automatically extend notifications to digital signs, desktop computers, websites, social media channels, radio stations, and more. Taking it a step further, you can share procedures and guidance resources with your people to assure their safety.
Further considerations can be read in the White Paper
No organization wants to think about the day that an emergency might happen at their facilities, especially an active shooter crisis, but it is something that each organization must prepare. Not only is mass emergency preparation a legal obligation, but most would argue that it is a moral one. You want to keep your people informed and out of harm’s way. If there’s an emergency, people expect to be notified and provided the guidance to remain safe. There are many alerts that we have grown accustomed to receiving such as weather alerts, Amber or Silver Alerts, or even local emergency alerts. So, if there’s an active shooter emergency in the vicinity, people expect to be alerted in a similar fashion.
Severe weather can happen at any time. Depending on the season and your location, weather threats can range from thunderstorms and tornadic activity to hurricanes, Nor’easters, or even a wintry mix. Having emergency communication plans and an automated method of distributing said communications in place helps ensure you and the people you are responsible for are kept safe and informed during severe weather season - no matter which season.
Of all the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act college and university communities most frequently associate it with the timely warning. As an original part of the 1990 law timely warnings have fundamentally changed how students and employees learn about campus crime in a way that is now firmly enshrined in their cultures as it is what they most frequently see.