Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Saved From LiveSafe

If you haven't heard the news, the mobile safety app LiveSafe was acquired by Vector Solutions, an e-learning and performance management provider. While we can't know all the reasons for the sale, we can certainly speculate how business might look given the dirty little secret of app-based systems like LiveSafe. Customers may want to take this opportunity to reevaluate their options, as technologies are often discontinued or underfunded in these situations. 

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Critical Insights, Selecting the Right ENS

Elizabeth Venafro

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Emergency Notifications

In an emergency situation, it is difficult to predict the outcome. With that said, the advanced technology and reporting capabilities of an Emergency Notification System can allow safety officers and emergency managers to measure the effectiveness of emergency alerts and notifications, gain visibility to subscriber status, and ultimately reduce risk.  An emergency notification system with easily accessible administrative reports enables you to better prepare for a crisis.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Elizabeth Venafro

What Safety Officers Should Know About COVID-19 Contact Tracing

In the COVID-19 world, there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about how to safely reopen organizations, campuses, and schools. The reality is there is no magic bullet for contact tracing programs. Contact tracing requires self reporting and HIPAA compliance for data privacy. For those reasons, our focus remains on providing safety officers, campus police, and school administrators with comprehensive, credible resources and suggestions for best practices to help inform decision-making in preventing the spread of infectious diseases, saving lives, and protecting people.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Elizabeth Venafro

Facing the Storm: Preparing for Severe Weather on Campus

Omnilert recently partnered with Campus Safety Magazine on the webinar, “Severe Weather Preparedness: Educating Students, Staff and Faculty on Proper Responses,” featuring meteorologist Dr. Kevin Kloesel from the University of Oklahoma. The webinar raised questions about weather safety practices on university campuses and highlighted how administrators can fulfill their duty of care to ensure the safety of students and visitors. Preparedness for severe weather requires foresight, planning, education, and demands improvement on campuses.

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Critical Insights, Emergency Communications & Notifications, Selecting the Right ENS, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Cassie Jackson

The Dirty Little Secret of Emergency Notification Apps

Many emergency mass notification vendors are focusing their efforts on making service available primarily through apps. After all, doesn't everyone love apps and love their mobile phones? Well, yes and no... The most recent Gartner Market Guide for Emergency/Mass Notification Services reports, "...no EMNS vendor Gartner follows can demonstrate that these enhanced mobile device apps are being adopted in great numbers..."

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Critical Insights, Emergency Communications & Notifications

Elizabeth Venafro

Campus Safety: Lessons from Columbine and Active Shooter Situations

We recently partnered with Campus Safety Magazine on a webinar entitled, “Post-Columbine: Top Lessons Learned About Active Killer Situations,” featuring a presentation from Chief Stephen Lopez of the New Mexico State University Police Department. The webinar examined our changing responses to the threat of active shooters on campuses and aimed to explain the evolution of law enforcement practices, education safety procedures, and community responsibility since the Columbine tragedy in 1999. The ensuing nationwide discussion on campus safety and security led to a host of reforms and changes in practice to keep students and communities safe today and into the future. 

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Cassie Jackson

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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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