Mass Notification Systems for Schools and Universities: Best Practices & Key Considerations

Mass Notification Systems for Schools and Universities: Best Practices & Key Considerations

How do schools that excel at safety and compliance put together their mass notification systems? What criteria and steps should you consider? In this post, we’ll cover insights from Jeff Morgan, Director of Security and Emergency Management at the University of Central Florida. A few days ago, Jeff joined a couple of experts in presenting…

Workplace Shootings Are on the Rise. Is Your Organization Prepared?

Workplace Shootings Are on the Rise. Is Your Organization Prepared?

In the past, emergency preparedness for crises like shootings or natural disasters in your workplace may have felt a bit over-the-top. “That wouldn’t happen here,” you’d say. “I’ve got bigger fish to fry.” And then you turn on the news. Rethinking Emergency Preparedness   Whether these incidents have multiplied lately or just didn’t get enough…

Peer Insights: How Harvard Handles Emergency Prep, Response

Peer Insights: How Harvard Handles Emergency Prep, Response

It’s always helpful to peek into how our peers manage security concerns, emergency preparedness and response — particularly an organization that’s known for progressive, cream-of-the-crop practices, like Harvard. Last month, Harvard University published its Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report, fulfilling a Clery Act requirement for schools receiving federal funding. The reports outline…

Active Shooter Resources for Businesses, Healthcare Facilities, Individuals

Active Shooter Resources for Businesses, Healthcare Facilities, Individuals

Active shooter preparedness isn’t on anyone’s list of pleasant reading topics. And yet, failing to plan adequately can enable irreparable harm to people and organizations. In light of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we’ll keep this post simple, just linking to reputable active shooter resources for organizations and individuals seeking to implement or…

How Hospitals Use Mass Communications to Improve Operations and Patient Experience

How Hospitals Use Mass Communications to Improve Operations and Patient Experience

Mass notifications are often associated with emergency response, but a growing number of healthcare providers are finding that mass communications tools are essential for improving daily operations, patient experience, and safety – the basis for critical satisfaction scores and reimbursement levels. Consider, for example, some of the challenges hospitals told us they’ve struggled with: Nurse…

Sharing Successes, Know-How at Pivot to Profit

Sharing Successes, Know-How at Pivot to Profit

In an industry where threats and solutions are always evolving, it’s always refreshing to meet up with peers, trade experiences, and strengthen our know-how of emergency and non-emergency communication technology. It’s one reason why we’re stoked to sponsor the second annual Pivot to Profit conference this week, September 28 and 29 in Chicago. Hosted by…

FEMA: 3 Trends Impacting Emergency Management

FEMA: 3 Trends Impacting Emergency Management

FEMA’s been busy these days as storms tear up communities across the U.S. To ensure it can respond effectively, FEMA routinely engages in long-range analysis to identify trends impacting emergency management. The organization recently published a summary of its latest analysis, aiming to help emergency managers “understand, anticipate, and plan for future risks,” resulting in…

Free Emergency Response Resources for Businesses

Free Emergency Response Resources for Businesses

Emergency response is a big job with big ramifications to your business’s ability to outlive crises, remain financially strong, and minimize harm to people. Thankfully, you don’t have to start your emergency response plan from scratch. In this post, we gather up free emergency response resources that can serve as springboards for your emergency planning,…

Case Study: Improving Communication at a Major Indiana Healthcare System
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Case Study: Improving Communication at a Major Indiana Healthcare System

When addressing a user community that is accustomed to the lengthy deployment cycles typical in a very large organization, it can be even more impactful to react swiftly with a meaningful solution. As a member of one of the largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare groups in the country, this large healthcare system serves more than 50…

Case Study: Inclusivity at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
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Case Study: Inclusivity at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

With more than 140 years of history, The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) has a legacy of educating children, birth to age 21, who are blind/ low vision and/or deaf/hard of hearing. The school is a state-funded facility within the Colorado Department of Education that serves students, staff and families in…