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2017 Emergency Alerts Industry News

2017 Emergency Alerts Industry News

From the first very first smoke signals created by prehistoric men to the 9-1-1 phone system, the emergency communication industry has vastly matured throughout the ages. Now, in 2017, we’re at the peak of the information age. You can access nearly any news, from virtually anywhere in the world, any time. Amber alerts, text message notifications, and phone recordings can inform the masses, instantly, of any crisis. Whether it’s to let us know about a school cancellation or a natural disaster, this is the current state of emergency alerts. How Do Emergency Mass Notification Systems Work? The need for the ability to send out crisis alerts is steadily increasing. One of the latest trends emerging is the high-volume use of mass notification systems (MNS) across multiple industries. So, how does this kind of system work? In a nutshell, an MNS sends a one-way message to employees, subscribers, or the public

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Hurricane Season Facts and Preparation Guide

Hurricane Season Facts and Preparation Guide

The winds and rains produced in a hurricane have the potential to do massive destruction in just a few hours. Even though we typically have a couple days’ notice on their impending arrival, the force can still take us by surprise. Cities, towns, college campuses, schools, homeowners, and anyone else living at risk of a hurricane need to have a decisive plan in place for dealing with this type of storm. Hurricane Facts and Information Your first step in preparing for hurricane season lies in knowing what you are dealing with. Forecasters may be talking about an approaching storm for days, but you won’t be able to properly prepare yourself, school, or town unless you know what they are referring to. Tropical Depression – A tropical depression is a low pressure area with thunderstorms. These storms have winds of up to 39 miles per hour and are first spotted out

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DialMyCalls Case Studies – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Emergency Notifications)

DialMyCalls Case Studies – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Emergency Notifications)

DialMyCalls offers an emergency notification system that is used by tens of thousands of  organizations all across the United States and Canada. Customers rely on our emergency service to send various emergency notifications such as employee alerts, evacuation notices, extreme weather alerts, and much more. Let’s take a quick look at how The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas utilizes DialMyCalls: Why Did The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Need an Emergency Notification System? In the case of an emergency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, they wanted the ability to notify approximately 5,000 employees and partners quickly and efficiently. Why Did The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Choose DialMyCalls? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas liked the interface DialMyCalls offers as it was very easy to use. Our site was focused and specific on its functionality for their use. What Features Do The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Utilize? Ease of use has been

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Does Your Hospital Have an Effective Emergency Plan in Place?

Does Your Hospital Have an Effective Emergency Plan in Place?

Hospitals are incredibly important resources within a community, and in the case of an unpredictable and devastating disaster, it's crucial that hospital facilities remain organized, operational, and prepared. This means having an effective, well constructed emergency plan in place, capable of dealing with scenarios like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical emergencies, and other events. Back in 2006, a study published in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine evaluated hospital emergency preparedness for mass casualty incidents (MCIs). These events are almost unthinkable, but the fact that they're possible means that hospitals need to have an emergency preparedness plan in place to deal with them. Furthermore, if a hospital is equipped to handle an MCI, this preparedness plan can form a framework that allows them to handle minor emergencies smoothly and effectively. The Elements of Hospital Preparedness The 2006 study outlines nine key elements for hospital emergency preparedness for disasters

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Top 15 Reasons to Set Up An Emergency Notification System

Top 15 Reasons to Set Up An Emergency Notification System

Emergency notification systems – or an emergency alert system – in one form or another have been in practice for decades. Older individuals may remember that familiar buzz on the TV or radio, informing you that this was “just a test” to make sure that if an emergency did arise, the American people would be the first to know. As we have evolved technologically, those systems have lost their effectiveness. MP3’s and Music downloads have replaced the radio, and providers like Netflix have made local TV stations practically obsolete. While there are still certain government programs that help to bring emergency notifications to the masses, smaller institutions have found it more effective to instill their own emergency notification system. There are multiple reasons and benefits for why you should have your own emergency notification system in place before the next disaster strikes: 1) Provide Impending Disaster Preparation Tips and

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5 Extremely Useful Blizzard Survival Tips

5 Extremely Useful Blizzard Survival Tips

The only good thing about a blizzard is that you are usually given some notice that it is on its way. This should give you enough time to buy some cocoa, batten down the hatches and light a fire in the fireplace. Follow these five blizzard survival tips, and you’ll stay safe and warm while the snow is piling on: 1. Add Extra Insulation to Your Windows and Doors A blizzard does not just bring snow. A blizzard blows freezing cold winds right up to the exterior of your home. If your home is not well insulated, that freezing cold air will make its way into your living space. Reinforce window and door frames by filling in cracks with caulking, or if the entire window is a problem secure a piece of plastic in front of it. Use old towels rolled up as an additional barrier for the space

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Integrating Modern Technology as an Extension of the Community Meeting

Integrating Modern Technology as an Extension of the Community Meeting

Cities are made up of diverse groups with various interests and preferences for how they obtain information. With busy schedules, community members have a greater appreciation for comfortable and convenient means of receiving news about what is going on in your city. They also desire being able to have their own views heard. With modern technology you have more opportunities for fast and cost-effective ways to communicate with your citizens. Whether you are just attempting to reach out and provide information about an upcoming event, or have to share details about major road closures coming up, there are ways to stay in touch and keep people informed that are more reliable than methods of the past. The Problems with the Community Wide Public Meeting The community wide public meeting is still utilized by cities and towns across the United States. While effective in some areas it is important to make

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Important Tips For Creating A Successful Emergency Notification System

Important Tips For Creating A Successful Emergency Notification System

Leaders of communities both large and small depend on some sort of alert system to deal with a crisis. Whether you are in charge of a small college campus or a major municipality you have the responsibility of protecting that community in the event of an emergency. This is a multi-faceted project that starts with your emergency notification system. There are more effective and convenient ways today than radio or television broadcasts to relay emergency information, even to groups of thousands. With a mobile device in practically everyone’s pocket, this is your best tool to focus on for a successful emergency notification system. Choose The Right System Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes calling for an alert system that is versatile. You don’t want to create the same type of reaction for a scheduled interruption of water service as you would for an impending tornado. A flexible alert system

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How Efficient is Your Water Company Running?

How Efficient is Your Water Company Running?

As a service provider for such an important element of daily living, managing a community’s water company is a complex responsibility. With considerations as important as water quality and delivery, along with development, you must have strong systems in place to manage your business efficiently and effectively. There are a number of ways to streamline your responsibilities that will give you the opportunity to focus your attention to building a stronger company. At the Source You may have a large office building to work out of, but the heart of your business is at the source of your water supply. Take a look at the on-site operations for areas of improvement. Quality control is the focus here, and you have standards in place that ensure quality but have you considered preventive measures? How often are expert members of your staff walking the perimeter of your water source? Contamination can build

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Community Disaster Recovery: It is All in the Pre-Planning

Community Disaster Recovery: It is All in the Pre-Planning

Disaster recovery should be a two part process, with the emphasis being on the first. If you focus on how to react to disasters before they occur then the second phase, recovery, will be easier. After the surprisingly harsh winter in 2013-2014, many towns and municipalities got a wake up call as to how inefficient their emergency notification systems really were. To avoid this scenario again, get your plans in place now for how you will keep your citizens and employees safe this winter and get your town back up and running fast after a winter storm. Organize Before getting started on a disaster recovery plan get together with leaders in your community to assemble teams to focus on the different areas. This should include police and fire chiefs, a school board member and principals of area schools plus administrators from your local hospitals. All of them will have valuable

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