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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It’s National School Choice Week 2019! This is the time of year where families participate in thousands of information sessions, open houses, school fairs, and celebrations all over the country to help inform them about the different K-12 schooling options available. And there is really so much to consider; location, the qualifications of the teaching staff, the quality of school lunches, etc. With the increase in school shootings and other violent events, the quality of a school’s crisis management and response is definitely at the forefront of most parents minds. After all, how can a child focus on learning if their basic need for safety isn’t met?Read More
The Alertus Webinar Series brought together four emergency experts to take our audience on a journey throughout the entire emergency response scenario. These emergency experts provided valuable tools and knowledge into emergency preparedness, emotional recovery, business continuity, and more, to help organizations properly prepare for and address any emergency.
Preparing: Addressing Common Mistakes From the Planning Stage Before It’s Too Late
During: Crisis Communication: Initial Response Through Recovery
Business Continuity: Active Shooter Security Risk Assessments - Lessons from Parkland, Annapolis and Jacksonville Shootings
Emotional Support: Terror in the Workplace: Mental Health Lessons Learned from Recent Attacks
The Alertus Emergency Mass Notification System is an industry-leading, powerful, and flexible solution. For over a decade, we’ve seamlessly integrated with and provided potentially life-saving alerts across organizations’ existing infrastructures
and technologies, including desktop computers, PA systems, VoIP phones, digital signage, mobile devices, fire panels, and more. We pride ourselves on our ability to help you defend against physical attacks, but did you know that we work equally as hard to make sure our system is safe from cyber attacks?Read More
So you’re wondering if it’s time to scale your mass notification. It is certainly an important question to ask. At Alertus, we’ve seen thousands of organizations that have started off with small systems specializing in a specific type of notification. It’s often a text or email service that allows them to send alerts to individuals, but emergency managers are looking for more, and rightfully so. Reaching everyone, and everywhere, is the number one priority in an emergency. Systems that only offer one type of notification drastically miss the mark when it comes to reaching every inch of a facility with critical information. This leaves just one option, scale!Read More
Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is conducting a test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) as part of its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).Read More
News and media outlets have seen a startling increase in the number of violent attacks on both journalists and facilities. One jaw-dropping incident took place only several miles from the Alertus Technologies headquarters at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD when a gunman forced his way into the facility and killed five employees. Unfortunately, this incident is only one of many we’ve seen in recent months. While it is hard to always control external threats, there are actions organizations can take to better address and respond to these threats, and it starts with emergency mass notification.Read More
Whether you received the Alertus Desktop™ Notification donation for your campus and want to expand your capabilities, or looking to build a brand new notification system for your organization, your investment into the Alertus Mass Notification System is about getting the best in emergency notification to help keep the people in your facility safe. With Alertus Enhanced Notification Service (ENS), you can both expand and maximize your system’s capabilities, while getting the peace of mind that comes with live technical support.Read More
The increase in violence and unpredictable weather threats is enough to keep anyone awake at night, especially those in the security and emergency management field. Whether it’s a university or office complex, it’s hard keeping everyone safe. Various types of mass notification systems certainly help, but having the tools to communicate with everyone does not mean you’re communicating effectively. These four steps below will help you improve your emergency notification and make sure you’re effectively reaching everyone, everywhere.Read More