Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Scott Howard

Scott Howard is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with over 15 years experience in information technology, software development, and technical training. Scott is Omnilert’s Director of Technical Support and has been a member of the Omnilert team since 2008.

Recent Posts

A guide to effective emergency communications

Preparing and rolling out a communication plan is an often thankless, always difficult job. It’s one of those tough jobs that sounds so simple, but it’s not simple at all. It just looks “too easy” when it’s done right. When you’re doing your job right, nobody notices you and that’s a good thing.

 

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

Scott Howard

Managing user data: The Hybrid Method

Here at Omnilert, we often see schools, businesses, and other institutions seeking a better way to manage user information for their emergency notification systems.

 

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ENS Implementation & Management

Scott Howard

Opt-Out: Data Collection Checklist

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.)

 

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ENS Implementation & Management

Scott Howard

Top 5 emergency message templates you need today

“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.

 

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

Scott Howard

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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