Improving Human Response to Your Emergency Communications

Improving Human Response to Your Emergency Communications

Your organization’s ability to minimize loss during a crime or disaster hinges largely on the strength of your emergency communications. Those, in turn, hinge on how well those communications play with human behavior. With that in mind, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publish…

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

In 1986, Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University, was raped and killed in her campus dorm. Her attack spurred the Clery Act, a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to meet a series of requirements to keep students safe. What’s at risk when you don’t meet requirements?…

Emergency Response: Considerations in a Healthcare Setting

Emergency Response: Considerations in a Healthcare Setting

When disasters happen — whether natural or man-made — communities look to healthcare facilities to for emergency response to mobilize resources, care for the ill and injured, and coordinate relief and recovery efforts, says the American Hospital Association (AHA). In its “Prepared to Care” report, AHA analyzed published studies, data sets, interviews with healthcare professionals…

Virginia Tech: Mistakes & Takeaways in Keeping Students Safe

Virginia Tech: Mistakes & Takeaways in Keeping Students Safe

Ten years ago, a student at Virginia Tech opened fire on classmates, killing 32 and injuring 17 — all in just 11 minutes. The shootings, which law enforcement called the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history, forever changed emergency management and response across the nation — particularly in schools. “Deadliest mistake” What’s most alarming to education…

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

When crises strike, rushing to compose emails, make calls, and update social media accounts while muttering a prayer under your breath doesn’t cut it when you have minutes (or seconds!) to broadcast critical or life-saving information. Beyond the potential human cost, slow or inadequate emergency communications have a way of triggering public relations disasters-something you…

So, a Teacher, a Sheriff, a Principal and Two Engineers Walk Into a Room

So, a Teacher, a Sheriff, a Principal and Two Engineers Walk Into a Room

It was a dream come true for a tech guy—the one immersed in IP addresses and back-end programming—to be in the presence of the very users we design for. We talked everything from user interface design to a shooter detection system that detects and tracks gunshots throughout a space and can launch a map to…