Your Emergency Notification Cheat Sheet

This cheat sheet breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly used emergency alert systems.

Here’s the latest breakdown of the more commonly used emergency alert systems. Deploying multiple modes will help to ensure the strengths of one solution compensate for the weaknesses of others. Many of these solutions can now be integrated so messages can reach more individuals on or near a campus, as well as other stakeholders, such as family members. Be certain to test the systems regularly, and account for the hearing and sight impaired.

Additionally, be certain to train students, faculty, staff, parents and other stakeholders on what to expect and what to do after an alert has been issued. Many campuses train their populations to refer to the institution’s Web site for additional information and instructions. It should be noted that sites can become overloaded when there is a lot of traffic. Consider temporarily limiting the use of graphics and scripting during emergencies so more people can access the Web site without it crashing.

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Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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