Omnilert Blog

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

Frank McCathran

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

Communications Matter: Digital signage provides emergency notification integration

Samantha Leland

Integrating your emergency notifications with any and every communication channel possible is paramount. Digital signage is a common technology found on college and corporate campuses, and should be utilized during emergencies to not only be sure those already registered to receive text messages and emails are informed, but to also inform all visitors and those who are not registered.

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ENS Implementation & Management, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Exercising your mass notification system

Omnilert

By Marc Burdiss CEM, MEP, M.Ed, Northern Arizona University

When was the last time you exercised your mass notification system? Six months ago? A year? If you are like most, you can point to the day and time, and maybe even produce a brief After Action Report (AAR) from the event and confidently check that box completed. That’s great, but probably not enough, and you are probably not using all the exercise approaches you should be trying. Let me explain...

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Taking ownership during emergency response to avoid chaos

Samantha Leland

Many of us can think back to our first semester at college. On move-in day, we met the Residential Assistant in our dorm, walked the path to each class we were to attend, and made sure we could locate the mess hall. We did all of those things to reduce the stress and anxiety we knew we would already be facing on our first day of classes after moving away from home and knowing practically no one. We prepared for all the things we would anticipate going wrong.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

Automating critical and emergency notifications at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Samantha Leland

 

Due to the diverse roles that make up the population at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and locations alike, critical communications and emergency notifications take many forms. UNMC’s Safety Manager, John Hauser, has to ensure everyone on campus and hospital grounds is notified immediately when a crisis or something out of the ordinary occurs.  


With the diverse population of employees, students, patients, and visitors, there is much to consider. Each of these groups may receive different information according to their role, receive information via different methods or channels according to their role, or even both -- all according to the severity and specifics of the incident.  John Hauser, along with any other Safety Manager, has his hands full.

 

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Critical Insights, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

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