No matter the emergency situation, when one occurs, it will most likely have an impact on each department of your organization. Emergencies are times when you must be clear and precise in your operational communications and the notifications to your people and visitors.
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.
There’s no way of knowing when and how a crisis will occur, but you can always be prepared for whatever it might be. Your people will be better prepared if they understand what is going on and if they receive instructions on how to proceed. You will also reinforce your people’s appreciation by proving you have their best interest in mind.
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.
During the month of October, we celebrate Crime Prevention Month with the National Crime Prevention Council (CPC). No matter your age, your walk of life, or the industry you’re involved, we should all be working together to help prevent crime wherever and whenever possible. Awareness and preparation are so important when it comes to protecting yourself and the people around you. Crime prevention is about keeping everyone safe. As the CPC says, “It helps ensure individuals live up to their potential no matter their way of life or where they live. It’s all about helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.”
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.