Do Not Stare Directly Into the FIRE
Just like you should not stare directly into the sun during a total solar eclipse, you should also not stare directly into a fire not knowing if your people are in danger or not.
Paper rosters and call trees will leave you doing just that.
You will will be staring into the fire wondering if the missing people from your list are inside or not.
It will leave you wondering if you accounted for all of your visitors.
It will leave you wondering amongst the panic, confusion, and chaos if you will be responsible for what happens in this emergency – you are the emergency coordinator after all.
Paper rosters will snuff out your emergency action plan as quickly as it gets started.
The good news is there is technology available to help us know, with certainty, if everyone is safe or if people are in danger.
Today’s cutting edge emergency technology will give you superior situational awareness, so you can make informed decisions quickly and without hesitation.
This is paramount when lives are at stake.
Every second could be the difference between life and death. Do not compromise on this point.
But which technology should you choose?
There are three main categories of technology that can help you become an evacuation hero.
- Emergency Mass Notification Systems
- Emergency Management Systems
- Emergency Operations Systems
That’s great, but what does it mean exactly? Here are some quick descriptions:
Emergency Mass Notifications Systems
An emergency mass notification system (EMNS) is a method of facilitating the one-way dissemination or broadcast of messages to one or many groups of people, alerting them to a pending or existing emergency. Such a system can improve the safety and security of an organization by providing alerts and real-time instructions during an emergency situation.
Emergency Management Systems
An emergency management system is software that stores an organization’s emergency action plans, including documented procedures, maps, employee and first-responder contact information, and forms, that are used to prepare, practice, and review an emergency action plan.
Emergency Operations Systems
An emergency operations system is a real-time application used by people actively invovled in identifying and rescuing people in an emergency. It focuses on improving the situational awareness during an emergency, helping evacuation coordinators, first-responders, and evacuees resolve an emergency dynamically as the event unfolds.
Your organization might need one or more emergency technologies
Each of these categories can dramatically help an organization with communicating and executing an emergency action plan, from preparation, through practice, and review.
Which one is best for your organization depends on your organization’s specific needs.
If you would like a free consultation to help you choose the best solution for your specific needs, contact us and we’ll guide you through the assessment process, regardless if Headcount is the best option for you.
Our goal is to improve the safety of our community
We are like the Progressive Insurance of emergency software, we will help you find the best option even if it means sending you to a different vendor. Why do we do this? We are on a mission to improve the safety of our community.
Have you already implemented one of the above technologies? How do you like it? What is on your wishlist for improvements? Share your thoughts in the comments.