Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Frank McCathran

Frank drives all sales, marketing, and customer success initiatives for Omnilert. He has built his career in developing and implementing enterprise solutions to help organizations improve safety, enhance operational efficiencies, and mitigate risk.

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Alert Integrations - The Benefits of CAP

Sending text emergency notifications to the population you are responsible for has become the default minimum standard for timely warnings. However, just sending text messages to your people during an emergency is not enough. Although the majority of people will have their mobile phones on their person, you can’t count on that one endpoint as the only means of notifying them in the case of an emergency.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Frank McCathran

Implementing an Emergency Response & Action Plan at a Corporate Campus

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” meaning in order to create something or do something that’s never been done before, you have to be willing to go where no one has gone before. That’s what leading is all about. So it is no surprise that many of our clients are innovators in their respective industries. They’re often doing what no competitor is doing, and that’s what sets them apart. The same is true for their approach to emergency notification.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Automating Emergency Notifications

Frank McCathran

Emergency Preparation – A Life Lesson Learned from Sports

It is said that there are many life lessons that can be learned by playing sports.  Persistence, attitude, teamwork, accountability, patience, and fun all top the list.  Having the privilege of being a youth football and baseball coach over the past decade has provided me with the opportunity to help the next generation experience successes and failures.  These triumphs and struggles, of course, act as a platform for said life lessons – but not just for the young athletes…

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Frank McCathran

Exceeding Expectations and Obligations to Warn

Regardless of what industry you’re in - education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, corporate enterprise, or hospitality - communicating effectively with busy staff and employees can always be a challenge. The stakes increase when an unexpected emergency situation occurs. In today’s society, people expect to be notified and to be provided guidance on what they should and shouldn’t do when these emergency situations transpire. In any business, of course, exceeding your people’s expectations is paramount.

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

Frank McCathran

Introducing Omnilert 6: Evolving Emergency Notification & Response

Omnilert continues to lead the mass notification industry with the announcement of the latest critical communications platform release, Omnilert 6. Available immediately, Omnilert 6 enables greater automation, scalability, and integration with your organization’s emergency action and response plans. This release marks the next critical step in the evolution of the industry.

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Selecting the Right ENS, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Frank McCathran

Emergency Notification Best Practices in Aftermath of False Warning

As an industry leader in emergency notification, one would imagine that we were swamped with inquiries related to the false missile warning in Hawaii and Japan; and more recently with the active shooter 'false alarm' at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. We were. Whether the questions came from the media, customers who have implemented our solutions, or organizations planning to implement Omnilert, the inquiries were unified in theme.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Frank McCathran

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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