Leaders of an organization bear a heavy weight when it comes to the safety of their people. Emergencies can happen anytime; whether it’s a fire in your control room or an armed intruder outside your building, it is the responsibility of the leader and the crisis communications team to ensure that every single person is out of harm’s way. Not providing these resources for your organization, can not only be a legal issue, but it can also have an implication on your cost of doing business.
Automation has made its way into many aspects of our daily life. This includes emergency response. By pre-planning, you can automatically trigger an emergency notification to thousands, the delivery of emergency procedures to each recipient, the summoning of help from law enforcement and emergency medical resources, the activation of alarms, the locking of doors, and the establishment of a remote unified command. By launching a complex series of emergency response actions automatically, organizations are exponentially improving their ability to keep people safe.
You’ve taken the first step by adopting a mass notification system that’s designed for you to help keep your people safe and informed of emergencies. Aligning your system with your emergency response and action plan is next on the list. As September is National Preparedness Month, it’s a great time to reflect and exercise your organization’s ability to notify, respond, and recover in a critical or emergency situation. Now is the time to test your emergency or mass notification system.
We’ve been seeing an increase in violence throughout the United States over the last decade. These acts of violence are happening everywhere. We’ve seen these incidents in schools, places of worship, and places of work. These are all places we go expecting to be safe from harm or injury. If there is an emergency, we expect to be notified along with what procedures we should take to stay out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, occurrences of workplace violence are increasing. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), each year there are 2 million reports of workers having been a victim of workplace violence. That’s excluding those who didn’t report their incident occurring.
It’s that time of the year again when universities, colleges, and K-12 schools open up their doors for their students and staff. With students coming back, the safety of everyone on campus is a big issue. Emergency communication is more important than ever on any campus. The goal of any organization is to ensure that your mass notification reaches every person through multiple routes. This is especially important when there are children or students involved. There’s never a 100% chance that someone has their mobile phone on them at all times, so you must use other methods to reach your people. In the world of IoT, this multimodal approach is increasingly easy to implement and initiate.
Safety isn’t simply a state of being. Safety is a way of life and a goal that each of us strives to reach. Not only for us, but also for our families, schools, and the organizations we work. To be legally compliant, organizations must create an emergency response and action plan for their organization. It is their responsibility to be prepared for emergency scenarios that could possibly happen to their organization - and notify their constituents. In this day, we all expect to be notified should an emergency occur.