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Today’s college and university campuses represent communities unto themselves. Large or small, each is a bustling slice of society that serves a diverse and transient population of students as they live, study, and play. As a result, campus safety officials must concern themselves with all the potential threats to the people who comprise their entire campus community.
Omnilert was conceived in 2003—inspired by an article about Jeanne Clery’s story and her family’s proactive response. The article revealed that one key factor in the incident was that had Jeanne been informed about the criminal on campus, this tragedy may have been prevented. This sparked the idea that became Omnilert. In the Fall of 2004, Anne Arundel Community College launched Omnilert and became the first campus in North America to use a mass emergency notification system.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is the federal law that calls for the disclosure of campus safety information by colleges and universities. The Clery Act is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. After the mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, the law was updated to require campuses to issue immediate campus alerts about any emergency situation that is a threat to the health or safety of students and employees.
While high-profile campus tragedies have made emergency response teams especially mindful of the “active shooter” threat, a campus alert system addresses an array of potential threats. The manner in which your campus responds to such events can have a profound effect on the outcome and on you, personally. Whether you’re faced with campus violence, fires, severe weather, or something else entirely, the outcome of a crisis always depends on how prepared you are for it and how quickly and reliably you can disperse campus alerts.
Be Prepared for Campus Crime
Although you can’t always predict or prevent threats and violent acts made by students, staff, or visitors on or around your campus, you can plan to limit the impact. Campus safety officials have a general obligation to adopt best practices and technologies that create a safe and secure campus community. In addition, you want to be in compliance with the Clery Act and avoid fines from the U.S. Department of Education. You can achieve this by developing procedures, predefining campus alerts, and providing campus constituents guidance on how to respond to crises.
Mitigate Your Environmental Exposures
Natural disasters, inclement weather, and fires are a few of the forces that drive the need for a campus alert system. Campuses have both compliance and regulatory requirements, as well as a general duty to provide a safe environment. During severe weather or anthropogenic incidents, you can automatically initiate Omnimodal Notifications using predefined Scenarios in an effort to mitigate your campus risks.
Resolve Campus Outages & Interruptions
Power, campus network or Internet outages, and technical failures can all hinder a campus’ ability to continue normal operations. You can create Scenarios to automate emergency notifications so that your emergency response team is alerted immediately when something is amiss, and a fix can be achieved as soon as possible.
When the unexpected happens and every second counts, you need to ensure alerts are received by as many members of your community as possible. In order to maximize your reach, every avenue of communication needs to be pursued: text alerts, emails, digital signage, loudspeakers, and more. The ability to send an emergency notification to not just many endpoints (as multimodal would suggest), but to every endpoint, instantaneously and simultaneously, is an advantage we call Omnimodal. Learn more
With Scenarios, you can automate any series of actions to initiate your Omnimodal emergency communication and response. It allows you to activate and assemble your team within seconds—while providing them with documented procedures to follow. Scenarios allows you to capture your team’s response plans in a sequence of predefined actions to be initiated in one step; in a single click, through the web or from mobile devices. Learn more
Omnilert can easily connect to other autonomously monitored systems in order to optimize your emergency communication. Whether it be integrating notifications from infrastructure intrusions, severe weather, or other safety-related conditions, Omnilert can tie it all together for you by automatically triggering a predefined series of actions. Automation eliminates the additional time required to take action during a critical incident, which reduces errors and vulnerability. Learn more
Rather than purchase Omnilert independently, most education institutions can legally skip the RFP process and purchase directly from a number of pre-negotiated purchasing vehicles. These contracts and consortium agreements all include precompeted, Omnilert pricing.