That's a wrap! CBS Studio Center hosts final Alertus Emergency Preparedness Seminar

Alertus Technologies launched a new initiative this year: to bring safety and security experts and practitioners together to discuss emergency preparedness issues and solutions.  

These free seminars were graciously hosted by Alertus customers Florida State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and CBS Studio Center. Each seminar offered attendees an insightful look into customer case studies, emergency preparedness and communication best practices, and a deeper dive into the Alertus emergency mass notification system. 

Due to overwhelmingly positive responses from attendees and customers, we are already planning an even bigger series for 2017! If you’re an Alertus customer and interested in hosting an event, please contact Nicole Sirpilla, Trade Show & Event Coordinator at

CBS Studio Center - October 24, 2016

Erik Eckstrand, Director of Higher Education - West, and Miles Harriger, Director of Higher Education - East, share their experience from our final seminar for 2016, hosted by CBS Studio Center:

"As you can imagine, CBS Studio Center has an amazing facility. Alertus kicked off the day with introductions and reviewing the emergency mass notification industry with a large, enthusiastic audience in one of the conference rooms CBS Studio Center reserved for the seminar. 

I liked hearing from another emergency manager. I also liked the keynote speaker and the topic.
— CBS Studio Center Seminar Attendee

Following introductions and opening remarks, we discussed current plans and common challenges each attendee's organization faced, and identified each facility's infrastructure to evaluate the systems they could potentially leverage to solve those challenges.

We then demonstrated on how the Alertus solution can help improve various emergency notification systems and plans. This lead to an open Q&A discussion session with the audience for nearly a half hour. Most of the questions were IT-related and answered by Rodrigo Rosal, Director of Information Technologies at Alertus.

After the Q&A session, David Limon Director of Health and Safety at CBS presented on past challenges and incidents that CBS has before the company implemented the Alertus solution. Walked through his current Emergency Notification System and how they use it.

The real life stories from CBS was very enlightening.
— CBS Studio Center Seminar Attendee

The seminar's keynote speaker, Assistant Chief Eric McBride of the San Bernardino Police presented next. Chief Mcbride served as Deputy Incident Commander during the 2015 terror attack at San Bernardino. He provided a walkthrough of the active shooter report: the timeline, the alerts, the response, and so much more. It really hit home when he played a voice recording of a victim calling the active shooter incident into authorities. It gave us the chills.  

CBS Studio Center did an incredible job hosting this event, and we had a wonderful turnout with an engaged audience. We are already looking forward to next year!" 

- Erik Eckstrand & Miles Harriger

Assistant Chief McBride shares insights and lessons learned from the San Bernardino terror attack in 2015.

Assistant Chief McBride shares insights and lessons learned from the San Bernardino terror attack in 2015.

From all of us at Alertus, we'd like to take a moment and thank all of our hosts, speakers, and attendees, for making our inaugural Alertus Emergency Preparedness Seminar Series such a resounding success! We hope you can join us at a seminar near you in 2017. New events will posted to our Events page, so please check back regularly! You can also subscribe to our email list if you'd like to learn about upcoming seminars, events, or webinars.

> Catch up on seminars summaries from FSU, WUSTL, and KPU here.


Caroline Kilday