Severe Weather Awareness

The term severe storm encompasses numerous types of dangerous weather that both emergency management professionals and citizens must prepare for. Today marks the first day of Severe Storms Awareness Week in Maryland, where we are no stranger to tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, hail storms, ice storms, and much more. Regardless of your location and the storms common to your region, below are some proposed steps to prepare your facility for any severe storm.

Weather Monitoring

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Advancements in weather monitoring and prediction have allowed weather forecasters to provide notice of impending storms long before they impact us. Consistent monitoring of news and weather outlets can give you the advanced notice you need to be prepared for any storm.

Alertus simplifies weather monitoring with our NOAA integration. The NOAA integration allows facilities to receive real-time notifications of any relevant warnings or threats. Eliminating the need for human interaction or input reduces error and saves time.



Emergency Mass Notification

Having a system in place to inform students, staff, and other community members of impending storms is crucial to saving lives. Alertus CEO, Jason Volk, was a student at the University of Maryland in 2001 when a tornado struck the campus. There was no warning causing two students to lose their lives. Jason dedicated himself to creating an emergency mass notification system that could reach everyone, everywhere to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. Today, the Alertus Unified Mass Emergency Notification System provides the best in in-building, outdoor, and personal notification solutions to ensure that everyone can receive vital, life-saving information.


Incident Reporting


It is important that everyone in your facility has a way of communicating effectively with emergency personnel if they find they need assistance before, during, or after a severe storm. The Alertus Mobile Recipient App provides all end users with an incident reporting feature with built-in gps, photo-capture, and end-user profile delivery to emergency personnel to aid them in successfully addressing and responding to any incident.


Drills & Training

Conducting drills and trainings are the best way to prepare your students or staff to properly receive, understand, and act on any emergency notification they receive. Everyone in your facility needs to be trained on where to look for emergency information. For example, Alertus Alert Beacons® are a great tool for providing buildings with audible-visual notification in any emergency. However, if people are unaware of what these devices are, where they are located, or what it means when the beacons are activated, then they are not properly prepared to receive or act upon any information delivered by the beacon. People within your facility should also be aware of the language used in emergency notifications. Use consistent and expected language when sending alerts and be sure to inform everyone of alert procedures and naming conventions.


For more information about Alertus solutions or how Alertus can help you be better prepared for a severe storm, contact us at 202.253.7887, or email us at


Sharice Ruan