School mass notification and campus critical event management systems have become a necessity for colleges and universities across the United States. Violent incidents are not just limited to higher education, with some of the deadliest incidents taking place at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In the current environment, safety administrators at all grade levels are obligated to have emergency response plans in place to address these campus safety issues. In fact, most states now require school districts to implement school safety plans and, under The Clery Act, higher education institutions are required to issue immediate campus emergency alerts about any situations that are a threat to the health or safety of students and employees.
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The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) is the federal law that requires disclosure of campus safety information by colleges and universities. After the mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, the law was updated to require campuses to issue immediate campus emergency alerts about any situations that are a threat to the health or safety of students and employees.
Omnilert was founded in 2004—inspired by an article about Jeanne Clery’s story and her family’s proactive response. The article revealed that, had Jeanne been informed about a criminal threat on campus, her tragedy may have been prevented. Omnilert proceeded to develop the first emergency mass notification system for schools.
Omnilert was founded and developed the first campus emergency mass notification system.
Introduced the first emergency mass notification system to integrate with Facebook and Twitter.
Introduced the first emergency mass notification system to offer inbound tips through SMS text message.
Introduced the first emergency mass notification system to broadcast through TTY/TTD for the hearing impaired.
Introduced pre-scripting and the automation of pre-defined actions.
Introduced the first Apple Watch one-tap emergency response launcher.
Introduced the first mass engagement solution.
Omnilert offers the broadest array of solutions, spanning prevention, notification, engagement, and critical event management, as well as the most comprehensive multi-channel communications. Our campus safety offering is built on these core properties:
In order to maximize your reach, every avenue of mass communication needs to be pursued: SMS text alerts, emails, voice calls, mobile app notifications, social media posts, and more. The ability to send a campus mass notification not just to many endpoints, but to every endpoint, instantaneously and simultaneously, is an advantage we call Omnimodality.
You can automate any series of actions to initiate your Omnimodal emergency response plan. Automation allows you to activate and assemble your team within seconds, while providing them with documented procedures to follow. Omnilert allows you to capture the emergency response plan in a sequence of pre-defined actions to be initiated in one single click, through the web or on your mobile device.
Omnilert leverages leading edge artificial intelligence (AI) to visually detect threats, such as active shooters, and immediately trigger multi-channel alerts and automated pre-defined safety protocols. It harnesses the power of AI to help organizations of all sizes and complexities prevent critical incidents and manage the data tsunami brought on by a crisis situation.
Motivations of active shooters can range from bullying to extremist actions or mental illness. Thus, plans to prevent and shut down such situations must be flexible and multi-faceted, reflecting a deeper understanding of the complexities.
Mindless violence is best counteracted by mindful planning. That means training the right people with the right skills, crafting a durable emergency response, and ensuring that important modes of communication are in place.
While high-profile campus tragedies have made emergency response teams especially mindful of the “active shooter” threat, preparedness for severe weather also requires foresight, planning, education, and demands improvement on campuses.
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your campus mass notification and critical event management system.
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