Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Using a Pre-Defined Series of Actions to Mitigate Risk

We hope emergencies never happen. With the increasing instances of violence in the workplace, environmental disasters, and terrorism, corporations are being challenged to minimize the associated impacts to operations and lives. Unfortunately, the reality is they will arise at any time. Preparing for potentially disastrous events cannot be left to an ad hoc management approach to risk. The question is how can organizations mitigate risk when they do arise?

 

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

Frank McCathran

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

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

Frank McCathran

Leveraging technology in unique ways to expand emergency notifications

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

Sean Bergesen

Planning and Critical Communications

We’ve recently been discussing ‘the Most Important Minute’ - that first minute during a crisis situation when every second counts. Since emergencies can be frantic and emotional by nature, what you do during the first minute of a crisis can severely impact the outcome. That is why it is essential to plan well in advance and be ready to execute your Emergency Response Plan, and critical communications should definitely be a part of that plan.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Eric Polovich

Expert Q&A: Jerry Haynes from EOG Resources in TX

The ‘Expert Q&A’ series highlights the experiences of practitioners and thought-leaders in the field of Emergency Management, Communications, & Response.

 

Jerry Haynes is a Senior Operations Specialist at EOG Resources (Enron Oil & Gas Company) located in San Antonio, Texas.

 

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Expert Q&A, Emergency Communications & Notifications

Samantha Leland

Expert Q&A: Former Baltimore Police Commissioner, Fred Bealefeld

The ‘Expert Q&A’ series highlights the experiences of practitioners and thought-leaders in the field of Emergency Management & Response.

We had chance to speak with Fred Bealefeld about his in-classroom experience with the March 31, 2014 lockdown at Stevenson University. Fred is a remarkable individual whose 31-year career in law enforcement included serving as Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. Since the start of his tenure as Commissioner in 2007, Fred lead an unprecedented decrease in crime and homicides in the City of Baltimore. Between retirement from the force in 2012 and joining UnderArmour as Chief Security Officer, Fred was a member of the faculty at Stevenson University in Maryland. It was during that time the campus was placed under lockdown when individuals with shotguns were identified near the campus.

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Expert Q&A, Emergency Communications & Notifications

Samantha Leland

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