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
Choose Safety This National School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week 2019! This is the time of year where families participate in thousands of information sessions, open houses, school fairs, and celebrations all over the country to help inform them about the different K-12 schooling options available. And there is really so much to consider; location, the qualifications of the teaching staff, the quality of school lunches, etc. With the increase in school shootings and other violent events, the quality of a school’s crisis management and response is definitely at the forefront of most parents minds. After all, how can a child focus on learning if their basic need for safety isn’t met?

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Sharice Ruan
Alertus Virtual Seminar Recap: Roadmap from Preparedness to Recovery

The Alertus Webinar Series brought together four emergency experts to take our audience on a journey throughout the entire emergency response scenario. These emergency experts provided valuable tools and knowledge into emergency preparedness, emotional recovery, business continuity, and more, to help organizations properly prepare for and address any emergency.

  • Preparing: Addressing Common Mistakes From the Planning Stage Before It’s Too Late

  • During: Crisis Communication: Initial Response Through Recovery

  • Business Continuity: Active Shooter Security Risk Assessments - Lessons from Parkland, Annapolis and Jacksonville Shootings

  • Emotional Support: Terror in the Workplace: Mental Health Lessons Learned from Recent Attacks

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Rachel Choppin
Understanding Alertus System Security

The Alertus Emergency Mass Notification System is an industry-leading, powerful, and flexible solution. For over a decade, we’ve seamlessly integrated with and provided potentially life-saving alerts across organizations’ existing infrastructures

and technologies, including desktop computers, PA systems, VoIP phones, digital signage, mobile devices, fire panels, and more.  We pride ourselves on our ability to help you defend against physical attacks, but did you know that we work equally as hard to make sure our system is safe from cyber attacks?

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Sharice Ruan
Signs That It's Time to Scale Your Emergency Mass Notification

So you’re wondering if it’s time to scale your mass notification. It is certainly an important question to ask. At Alertus, we’ve seen thousands of organizations that have started off with small systems specializing in a specific type of notification. It’s often a text or email service that allows them to send alerts to individuals, but emergency managers are looking for more, and rightfully so. Reaching everyone, and everywhere, is the number one priority in an emergency. Systems that only offer one type of notification drastically miss the mark when it comes to reaching every inch of a facility with critical information. This leaves just one option, scale!

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Sharice Ruan