Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Understanding the Presidential Alert

The “Presidential Alert” that millions of cell phones in the United States received at approximately 2:18 PM EDT on 3 October 2018 was a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

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Critical Insights, News & Events

Scott Howard

Benefits of Meeting with Your Mass Notification Provider

In this constantly evolving world of technology and mass notification, there are always updates and enhancements to reach more people in better ways, which ensures the protection of your organization and the safety of your people. What’s the best way to stay up to date with the enhancements of your mass notification system? Scheduling calls with your MNS account manager is a great way to stay in the know. That is sometimes easier said than done when you’re busy.

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Critical Insights, News & Events, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Juliet Hulse

Tarleton State University Continues to Inform and Protect

Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas continues to provides their students, staff, and facility with immediate communications for any emergency that may occur at Tarleton State using Omnilert’s e2Campus. Their emergency notification system, known as Code Purple, is used to send different types of alerts through multiple devices for emergencies ranging from inclement weather to intruders on campus.

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News & Events

Juliet Hulse

Announcing Peter Bloom as Chief Operating Officer

Leesburg, Va. - Omnilert, LLC is proud to announce the hiring of Peter Bloom who now serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He ensures the achievement of short and long-term goals for the organization’s ongoing operations which support Omnilert’s overall strategy. Although Bloom has been general counsel at Omnilert for almost five years, he is excited to start his journey full time with this devoted team.

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News & Events

Juliet Hulse

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

Remembering Virginia Tech and its impacts on campus safety

Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Over the course of these last few weeks our hearts were heavy as the anniversary crept closer and closer. Today, and all days going forward, we remember those lost and the families impacted.


Though a terrible tragedy, what happened at Virginia Tech was fuel for hundreds of higher education institutions (and even non-higher education institutions) to improve how they protect and notify their people.

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News & Events

Samantha Leland

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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