Stormy weather did not dampen the spirits of the more than 40 emergency preparedness professionals who gathered at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC to learn and share best practices for effective emergency communication during an Alertus Emergency Preparedness Seminar hosted by Carolinas HealthCare Systems (CHS).
The day began with a workshop by security expert, Caroline Hamilton, President of Risk & Security LLC on how to ensure workplace safety and CMS compliance. With a focus on active shooter incidents, Hamilton walked the attendees through the steps of avoiding active shooter incidents in their workplace. In the event of an emergency, she emphasized that potential victims need to run, and that hiding should only be a last resort.
Next, Alertus’ Healthcare Sales Manager, Peter Lester and Regional Sales Manager, John Robling showcased a live demonstration of the Alertus Emergency Notification System during an interactive tech presentation.
Staying with tech, Carolina HealthCare Systems’ Director of Fire, Life Safety & Utilities, Bret Martin and Director of Corporate Emergency Management, James Clarke shared what they learned from a successful pilot program for their automated fire alarm mass notification system. Deployed at two of their hospitals, the system integrated Alertus mass notification solutions into the facilities’ fire alarm notification process. The program improved speed and accuracy of information, decreased response times and reduced the need for human intervention during fire alarm events.
The day closed with Bryan Warren, Director of Corporate Security for Carolinas HealthCare Systems and Darryl Aspey, Protective Security Advisor (NC District) for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The duo highlighted how the DHS engages closely with private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures to protect facilities. Their presentation featured an airport security training performed at Charlotte International Airport.
The airport voluntarily shut down for a few hours so all the airport security division could train together as one cohesive unit. The video from that session is now used by several airports across the country for their training drills.
Alertus would like to thank Carolina HealthCare Systems and all of the attendees for making the event such a success.
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