2019 Great ShakeOut Drill-Be Prepared with Alertus Technologies

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.

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Rachel Choppin
The Alertus Emergency Preparedness Grant Program

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.  

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Rachel Choppin
Alertus Technologies and the University of Texas at Austin Seminar Recap: Exploring Best Emergency Preparedness Practices

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.


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Rachel Choppin
A Comprehensive Guide for the Best Panic Button for Your Organization

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. 

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Rachel Choppin
Emergency Communication Challenges and Solutions for Manufacturing Facilities

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.

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Rachel Choppin
3 Ways Your Desk Phone Can Revolutionize Your Crisis Communication

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. 

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Rachel Choppin
Workplace Violence: The Impact of Mass Notification Systems on Business Continuity and Your ROI

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.

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Rachel Choppin
Using MNS for Internal Communication

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.

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Rachel Choppin
5 Emergency Notification Tips for Effective Crisis Communication in Government Facilities

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.



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Rachel Choppin
K-12 Schools Eligible to Receive Boost in Funding for Emergency Notification Upgrades

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).

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Vincent Busher
Tips to Reduce your Emergency Response Times

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.

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Rachel Choppin
4 Tips for Better School Safety

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.

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Sharice Ruan