Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Pandemic Communications: An Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci is an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.  As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Fauci has served American public health in various capacities for over 50 years, and has been an advisor to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.  Since January 2020, he has been one of the lead members of the Trump Administration's White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  

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Critical Insights, Expert Q&A, Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Elizabeth Venafro

What You Need to Know About the Clery Act and Pandemic Communications

Higher education institutions are currently facing unique circumstances due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many questions have been swirling around how to ensure compliance with the Clery Act. The United States Department of Education has now released updated guidance in accordance with the lawful declaration of the national emergency.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Communications & Notifications

Elizabeth Venafro

Holiday Season - Preparing Your Emergency Notifications

Oftentimes when we think of the holidays, we think of the time off from work, school, and our other responsibilities. It’s a time that fills our hearts with joy to be around our friends and family. These times can; however, have the potential to increase the risks of emergency situations due to the stress and emotions of the holiday season. 

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Critical Insights, Emergency Communications & Notifications, Automating Emergency Notifications

Juliet Hulse

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

Preventing Accidental Alert Notifications

Within the last several months, we’ve seen a number of news stories related to organizations of all different types sending out emergency alerts to their constituents that they didn’t mean to send. This has increased as more active shooter scenarios have made it into media headlines. In an effort to prepare, check, or even test emergency notification systems, organizations are accidentally sending out emergency alerts that are not identified as a drill or test. This might be a flaw with the organization itself or it may be a flaw with the emergency notification system the organization employs. 

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Juliet Hulse

Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses

If the first major hurricane of the season caught your business by surprise, you need to act quickly to remedy the situation for future storms. Hurricanes are not spur of the moment “pop-up” storms. Thanks to innovations in technology over the past 50 years, we are able to estimate when a hurricane will hit land, the strength of the storm, and the direction of its path. Of all of the recognized crises, hazards, and exposures your business can face – hurricanes have the most advanced warning. Having this knowledge gives you time to better prepare your people, your home, and your business.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Juliet Hulse

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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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