Status Solutions – White Paper – Mass Notification-Integrating and Automating Communication for Situational Awareness
Integrating and Automating Communication for Situational Awareness
When an emergency occurs — from a tornado to an armed intruder — confusion and panic often follow and so do communication breakdowns, delayed responses and costly mistakes. Whether an act of God or man-made, the first few minutes of any unfolding threat will be critical in determining its outcome. Of course, no one wants to think about an event with mass losses occurring, but today’s societal realities require increased diligence and proactivity, not just reactivity. The mindset has to shift from one of denial, as in “it won’t happen here” to one of readiness, as in “we know what’s happening, where it’s happening, and what to do about it.”
Inadequate vulnerability assessments, poor planning against identified risks, and lack of training and evaluation lead to safety and security failures. Emergency preparedness and response planning is a continuous process that requires constant review and improvement. The right information has to reach both on- and off-site responders so they can make informed decisions to protect life safety, property and overall business operations.