Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Tornado Outbreaks Across the United States

Since March, the United States has seen quite a lot of tornadoes and severe spring weather. In fact, from May 13 through May 20 there were 483 tornadoes according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. We are accustomed to hearing about tornadic activity throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota - appropriately given the nickname of Tornado Alley. However, many of the tornadoes which occurred in May were accounted for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. In these Northeastern areas, tornadoes have been more prevalent in the past couple of years and are only continuing to increase.

 

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Juliet Hulse

4 Best Practices for Houses of Worship Crisis Communication

Traditionally a place of sanctuary, reflection, peace, and safety, houses of worship have  seen an increase in threats and violence in recent years. High-profile attacks at churches, synagogues, and mosques show that these places of worship are not immune from violence and religious leaders and congregants are concerned. Most are increasing security and rethinking entry to ensure their religious communities feel safe and secure.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Juliet Hulse

The Clery Act Isn’t Just About Criminal Threats

Recent reports about mold in residence halls and the spread of viruses among students are an important reminder that threats to campus safety can be biological and may trigger the Jeanne Clery Act’s emergency notification requirement just like a criminal or environmental threat would. Effective compliance with Clery in these situations requires open communication among various departments on campus – including residence life, the health center, and campus public safety – to identify potential threats and then issue notifications. This should be bolstered with both policies and good relationships.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

S. Daniel Carter

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

Emergency Notifications for Graduation and Campus Events

Within the next few weeks, universities and colleges will be busy preparing for large numbers of visitors to their campuses for graduation ceremonies. From younger siblings to grandparents, these visitors will be happily awaiting to celebrate their graduate walking across the stage and receive their hard-earned diplomas and start the next chapter of their lives.

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ENS Implementation & Management, Automating Emergency Notifications

Becky Goudy

Changing the Face of Emergency Communications

When a crisis situation happens at your place of school, work, or play there’s no time to think. The whole process of informing and guiding your organization to safety by signaling an alarm, emailing the staff, posting on social media, and informing authorities is arduous and time-consuming, which one can’t afford during an emergency. To help organizations act quickly during the first minute of an emergency, they need an emergency notification solution that allows them to synchronize the launch of alerts through multiple channels.

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Automating Emergency Notifications

Juliet Hulse

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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