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Success in organizational or campus safety is contingent upon careful planning and collaboration with other business units. The best outcomes occur when an emergency manager, operations manager, safety director, or the like, assembles a team to assist with testing and implementing their solution. When you’re working with hundreds, or even thousands, of people on a large campus the question comes down to how can you make sure you’re successfully reaching every person?
Whether it be a university or college, a manufacturing plant or corporate headquarters, or a healthcare facility, many of the clients we work with are innovators who are often doing what no competitor is doing; and that’s what sets them apart. The same goes for innovations in the safety of their organization. Large campus emergency managers need a solution that does more in less time with one-touch freedom and reliability. It isn’t just about receiving a text message or email anymore. It’s about notifying your people using a multitude of different avenues to ensure they’re informed of an emergency.
When an enterprise client was asked about the safety on their campus they said, “There are definitely more variables here than the average corporate campus, therefore our emergency notification and response system must have incredible flexibility, as well as comprehensive coverage, and lightning speed, to meet all of our needs.” To ensure they were notifying every individual on campus they pre-loaded the database of users with employees, then they promoted self-registration throughout the campus for others. Prior to using Omnilert, staff had to call an external number or check a website to find out whether the campus was open.
To learn more about the emergency response and action plans this organization takes to ensure the safety of their employees, read the full Insight here: Corporate Campus Innovations in Implementing Emergency Action & Response.
You can find other industry leading articles in the 2018 Critical Mass Magazine: Automating Emergency Notifications.
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.