2019 Great ShakeOut Drill-Be Prepared with Alertus Technologies
The Alertus Emergency Preparedness Grant Program
It is important to have peace of mind that you, your employees, and organization are prepared to withstand and survive an earthquake. Join millions of participants on October 17th, for the 11th annual Great ShakeOut Drill. This is slated to be the largest ever earthquake drill of its kind ever attempted!
This drill is a great opportunity not only to practice a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill, but also to test your Alertus Mass Notification System, to ensure your organization is prepared in the event of an earthquake.
Here are some proposed steps you can take to prepare your organization for the drill.
Alertus Technologies and the University of Texas at Austin Seminar Recap: Exploring Best Emergency Preparedness Practices
As Alertus has grown, so has our desire to reach local and international communities that are insufficiently prepared for an emergency or disaster event. That is why we have launched our Safe in Seconds Initiative to provide an emergency preparedness grant valuing up to $75,000 to selected members of association partners annually.
A Comprehensive Guide for the Best Panic Button for Your Organization
Collaboration and networking filled the air at Alertus’ latest seminar at the University of Texas this past July, where emergency preparedness practices were at the forefront of the discussion. Four leaders in emergency preparedness, hailing from varying industries, gathered together to discuss different tools and tips that organizations can leverage to prepare for emergencies successfully.
Emergency Communication Challenges and Solutions for Manufacturing Facilities
Panic buttons (or duress buttons) offer a quick, single point of activation solution for your mass notification system. Alertus offers a variety of panic button options that leverage existing infrastructure and communication paths for immediate, one-step activation of your emergency alerts.
Below, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to which panic buttons will best fit the emergency communications needs for your organization, school, hospital, or facility.
3 Ways Your Desk Phone Can Revolutionize Your Crisis Communication
Emergencies in manufacturing and industrial facilities happen. It’s inevitable. Some, however, have significant ramifications like jeopardizing business continuity and workplace safety. Many industrial organizations operate in large, open areas, which when combined with high noise, make emergency notification via cell phone or overhead announcement ineffective or in some situations even impossible.
Facility managers and their staff need to have the peace of mind that when an emergency happens, they can send alerts and receive them without missing anyone. Mass Notification Systems like Alertus’ provides a solution that is flexible and powerful enough to accommodate loud environments and large footprints.
3 Reasons Why Your Organization Needs Multi-Channel Notifications in an Emergency
Did you know that your desk phone can be leveraged to disseminate critical emergency messages to your entire organization? The right Mass Notification System (MNS) can leverage your existing technology to transform ordinary devices such as desktops, mobile phones, digital signage, and yes, even your desk phone into a powerful and unified emergency communication system.
Reach your Employees In and Out of the Office with Emergency Mass Notification
Inclement weather, workplace violence, and other emergencies happen all too frequently. In an emergency, can you quickly, clearly, and effectively alert your employees, students, visitors, etc. no matter where they are? If not, that means you need a Mass Notification System (MNS) that has multi-channel notifications.
Workplace Violence: The Impact of Mass Notification Systems on Business Continuity and Your ROI
Employees are the greatest asset any company must protect regardless of location, time zones, and shifts. The ability to protect your employees in an emergency wherever they may be, in a timely manner, is imperative for business continuity.
Using MNS for Internal Communication
Violence in the workplace has become an epidemic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicides accounted for 10 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2016. The Office of Victims of Crime Statistics reported that the number of mass shootings occurring in the past ten years is 2.4x greater than a decade prior (1998-2007). The frequency and severity of these events have escalated, with an average of 2 million people directly affected a year.
5 Emergency Notification Tips for Effective Crisis Communication in Government Facilities
Your organization made the smart choice to invest in a Mass Notification System for emergency and critical communication. There’s no reason to stop there, however. Many mass notification systems can also be leveraged for internal communications, from network outages to general company announcements.
K-12 Schools Eligible to Receive Boost in Funding for Emergency Notification Upgrades
When you’re experiencing an emergency, it is imperative that you reach everyone, everywhere with timely and clear alerts. Communication isn’t always easy, especially in most high-traffic government facilities. Emergency professionals have to deal with a lot of moving parts - staff, contractors, visitors, and more. This is where Emergency Notification Systems (ENS), (also often referred to as Mass Notification Systems or MNS), can help.
Here are five ways ENS can instantly improve crisis communication in your government facility.
Tips to Reduce your Emergency Response Times
Every year, schools aim to prioritize campus safety, but for many schools, this requires more resources than their district budgets allow. Fortunately, the number of grant programs offered at both the federal and state levels have increased to enable schools to purchase valuable safety systems and equipment. The latest of which is The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office Stop School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).
How to Satisfy Alyssa's Law Requirements
Making sure that you reach everyone, everywhere with immediate and critical information is crucial to mitigating loss and confusion during an emergency event. A Mass Notification System (MSN) that is designed to alert your institution or enterprise by leveraging all existing available infrastructure and IT assets, is vital to reducing your emergency response times.
4 Tips for Better School Safety
K-12 schools in New Jersey are now required to meet new safety standards after the state passed “Alyssa’s Law” as of February 2019. The law’s namesake is Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the Parkland shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool.
Educators play a significant part in the lives of our children, and as time has progressed, we’ve seen educators’ responsibility to both teach our children and keep them safe grow increasingly challenging. Below, you’ll find four major tips to help you evaluate your school’s safety and implement changes to improve your campus.