Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Eric Polovich

Eric Polovich is an Account Manager with Omnilert. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has been working with information technology, project management, and SAS software development for for more than 15 years. Eric is an avid reader, musician, and father.

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Emergency Communications User Management : Opt-In

As we discussed last month, the goal of any critical communication plan is to reach as many members of your community as possible with most organizations still emphasizing communication methods like text messaging or email. Reaching your audience directly is usually perceived as the most effective form of communication. The biggest barrier to effective direct communication is the collection and maintenance of personal contact information.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Eric Polovich

User Management for Emergency Communications: Opt-Out

While the ultimate goal of any critical communication system is to reach as many people through as many avenues as possible, most organizations still put emphasis on direct communication methods. Reaching your audience how they want to be contacted — by email, text message, and voice phone call — is often perceived as the most effective communication endpoints available. The biggest barrier to effective direct communication is the collection and maintenance of personal contact information.

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ENS Implementation & Management

Eric Polovich

Who's on your Critical Communications Team?

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 people of the crisis and mobilized your resources — it’s just as important to collaborate to discuss the next steps of the crisis management plan with your team during the first moments of an emergency.

 

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ENS Implementation & Management, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Eric Polovich

Emergency Notifications Advancements - Automation

Automating emergency notification has been a big topic of conversation in the life safety industry for a while now. A few years ago, Omnilert launched Scenarios®. Scenarios affords organizations the opportunity to align, capture, and immediately initiate their emergency response plan’s predefined series of unique actions. Thus simplifying the response process, reducing the human input to only a few clicks. Our newest innovation, Scenarios Triggers™, takes that idea one step further by allowing you to initiate response actions automatically.

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ENS Implementation & Management, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Eric Polovich

Omnilert 6—Three Reasons to Update to Omnilert 6

It’s been just a few short months since customers began using Omnilert 6 for their critical communications, and in the last few weeks hundreds of organizations have been moved to the new platform. Omnilert’s Customer Success team have been working daily to share our experiences with the improved suite of tools. It’s exciting seeing organizations embrace the new capabilities that come with the new platform release.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Eric Polovich

Getting it Done Right - Proven Success Indicators

When it comes to critical communications, just like flying an aircraft filled with hundreds of passengers, failure is not an option. There is not a second chance to get it right. Therefore, when it's imperative that your communications are received, can you be certain your organization will succeed? Exercising and measuring all of the 'moving parts' of a system goes a long way toward reducing this risk. This is where Proven Success Indicators (PSIs) come in.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Eric Polovich

Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Guide - During

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.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Juliet Hulse 

Triggering Severe Weather Safety Notifications Through Omnilert Scenarios

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.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Andy Hausman 

Off-Campus Timely Warnings - An Explanation

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.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

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