As we saw with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, these mega-storms are to be taken seriously the moment they pose the slightest threat to land. I felt Irma's impact being a resident of Central Florida. But, if there is a tiny silver lining when dealing with an approaching hurricane, it’s that there is usually time to prepare whether it's boarding up your home, gathering needed supplies, or preparing to evacuate.
With students returning to class this week, school administrators and safety personnel return to their responsibility of keeping them safe during any emergency situation. Fortunately, most schools are ready by having emergency preparedness plans in place that include some method of emergency mass communication.
A recent article in “Recode,” a tech news publication, details a current debate between the Federal Communications Commission and wireless carriers regarding emergency alerts that first responders around the country are able to send to smartphones.
With most people carrying smart phones and tablets with them at all times, many organizations incorporated these devices into their emergency communications efforts as a means to reach people in the event of a crisis. Alertus’ mobile phone apps offers any organization enhanced personal notification between authorized dispatchers and end users.
In 2015, the state of Texas passed “Kari’s Law” mandating that businesses with multiple line telephone systems (MLTS) allow callers to dial 911 directly, instead of having to include an additional number or code. On many MLTS systems (often found in hotels and offices) callers have to dial an additional number, often “9,” to get an outside line to make a standard phone call, so a 911 call would require the caller to dial “9-911.”
Alertus software updates and new emergency notification hardware are now available as part of the Alertus Summer 2017 Software Release. Highlighting the release are new innovative Alertus Desktop™ Notification features that will help organizations save valuable seconds during an emergency situation.
Tacos, Cowboys fans, and 90-degree weather greeted the Alertus Seminar Series as it touched down in Fort Worth on June 15th. The emergency preparedness seminar hosted by Tarrant County College brought more than 30 emergency preparedness professionals from all over Texas together to network and learn best safety practices.