Fire Systems & Mass Notifications: Why Integrate Them?

Fire Systems & Mass Notifications: Why Integrate Them?

If you shoulder the responsibilities of emergency preparedness and response, you likely know layered mass notifications — the ability to deliver instant and relevant information to multiple audiences, wherever they are — is critical to keep people and property safe during a crisis. And yet, many organizations risk a botched response because their emergency alert…

Case Study: Customizing Systems at Southern Ohio Medical Center
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Case Study: Customizing Systems at Southern Ohio Medical Center

Company Overview Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed 501(C)(3) not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of healthcare services. Since 1954, it has been their mission to make a true difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community. As a rural…

How a School for the Deaf & Blind Mastered Mass Communication & Emergency Alerts

How a School for the Deaf & Blind Mastered Mass Communication & Emergency Alerts

For more than 140 years, sight- and hearing-impaired children from birth to age 21 have attended the Colorado School for The Deaf and The Blind (CSDB), a state-funded facility serving communities throughout Colorado. Some time ago, CSDB came to us with the concern that they needed a way to reach every single student and staff…

How IoT Is Changing Mass Notifications

How IoT Is Changing Mass Notifications

If you’re anything like your typical consumer, you rarely go many minutes without checking a web-enabled device to manage your life — whether for work, play, or family life. Do you ever think about how to leverage your audience’s screen addiction (and the technologies that make that possible) to enhance your mass and emergency communications?…

How Three Universities Use Video to Communicate Emergency Preparedness Practices

How Three Universities Use Video to Communicate Emergency Preparedness Practices

You might have noticed a spike in emergency preparedness activities and investment by colleges and universities in the last year or two. It’s not surprising: History has taught us that skimping on emergency preparedness comes at a tremendous cost to an organization’s operations, finances and reputation, not to mention lives — real people, impacted forever…

Campus Safety: Emergency Notification Survey by Schools, Healthcare Facilities

Campus Safety: Emergency Notification Survey by Schools, Healthcare Facilities

Just a few days ago, Campus Safety released the results of its 2017 Emergency Notification Survey. Respondents included more than 1,000 security professionals from the healthcare and education realms, sharing challenges and successes they’ve experienced with mass notifications. Just over half of respondents (51%) are planning or considering the purchase of notification solutions in the…

5 ways to avoid emergency communications failures

5 ways to avoid emergency communications failures

Know what’s worse than having a large-scale emergency in your hands? It’s botching your emergency communications. Remember the Gatlinburg wildfires last fall? WATE 6, the local ABC station, reported on the massive communications failure that followed, when orders to evacuate failed to reach recipients’ mobile devices. Brenda Reimer, a Gatlinburg resident, recalls two firemen knocking…

Planning for an Active Shooter in Your Healthcare Facility

Planning for an Active Shooter in Your Healthcare Facility

Violence in healthcare settings is underreported and growing, warns the Joint Commission. The accreditation body, which audits healthcare providers’ compliance with regulatory mandates, recently updated an alert it first issued in 2010 on preventing violence in healthcare settings. In that alert, the Joint Commission highlighted top failures by healthcare providers that contributed to violent incidents…

Emergency Alerts for Deaf & Blind School Helps Keep Student and Staff Safe

Emergency Alerts for Deaf & Blind School Helps Keep Student and Staff Safe

  For more than 140 years, sight- and hearing-impaired children from birth to age 21 have attended the Colorado School for The Deaf and The Blind (CSDB), a state-funded facility serving communities throughout Colorado. Some time ago, CSDB came to us with the concern that they needed a way to reach every single student and…