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Alerting is not enough: The importance of sending more than a text message

Frank McCathran

Many organizations have implemented an emergency notification system to notify their people and 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.

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News & Events, Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Communications Matter: Digital signage provides emergency notification integration

Samantha Leland

Integrating your emergency notifications with any and every communication channel possible is paramount. Digital signage is a common technology found on college and corporate campuses, and should be utilized during emergencies to not only be sure those already registered to receive text messages and emails are informed, but to also inform all visitors and those who are not registered.

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ENS Implementation & Management, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Leveraging technology in unique ways to expand emergency notifications

Sean Bergesen

Today, the ways to notify your people are practically endless. They are registered to receive text messages and/or emails. And, whether implemented or not, they have the capability of receiving those same notifications as they are sitting in front of a computer that displays an emergency message, while walking down a hall hearing it via a PA system, or by seeing a digital sign broadcasting information. As a result, your people have multiple ways of staying informed about what is going on and can remain off property if directed.

 

But what about your visitors and/or those not registered to receive alerts?

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Emergency Communications & Notifications

Exercising your mass notification system

Omnilert

By Marc Burdiss CEM, MEP, M.Ed, Northern Arizona University

When was the last time you exercised your mass notification system? Six months ago? A year? If you are like most, you can point to the day and time, and maybe even produce a brief After Action Report (AAR) from the event and confidently check that box completed. That’s great, but probably not enough, and you are probably not using all the exercise approaches you should be trying. Let me explain...

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

5 reasons to automate emergency notifications today

Ara Bagdasarian

This is really more than automating just emergency notifications. It is about thinking holistically about what happens when there is an incident and what communications actions occur during that first and most important minute. Notifications are certainly one type of communications action, however so are mobilizing resources and collaborating with your emergency response team. It is about automating a sequence of actions.

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Automating Emergency Notifications

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