At the foundation of any effective safety plan is strong communication, and regular and well-executed communication is important for any organization. Emergencies, by definition, are uncertain in nature, and emergency communication systems are necessary to effectively and efficiently communicate in order to keep everyone safe, informed, and up to date.
Educational institutions are especially sensitive in case of emergencies, as students are often young and inexperienced. To ensure school and campus safety, administrators need to ensure the availability of solutions for responding to dangerous situations. Mass Notification Systems (MNS) can reach out to a large number of people and devices to ensure that no one misses important safety information. These systems can send alerts quickly in order to help security personnel to get more time for managing responses during an emergency.
The effective implementation of mass notification solutions prepares schools and campuses for any emergency and ensures safer environments for students as well as staff. Schools can leverage MNS to prioritize responses and act quickly in emergencies. MNS enables administrators to send out school-wide emergency notifications containing useful information.
An emergency communication system can reach all individuals present on campus and provide important information and notifications in real time. Modern emergency communication systems enable the delivery of swift and reliable mass notifications for schools of any size, to students and staff with any device, and over any communication channel. MNS is an essential tool that helps keep affected individuals safe and informed during emergencies.
The leading emergency notification systems for use in the education sector include Blackboard Connect 5, One Call Now, K12 Alerts, Rapid Responder, e2Campus, and School Messenger. There are a number of day-to-day applications for mass notification systems in school environments. These applications help administration teams to maximize the RoI and organizational value of MNS. Schools can easily justify investing in a modern mass notification system. Key capabilities that can maximize the value of a mass notification system in a school campus include:
- A single MNS system can send a huge number of messages if a crisis occurs, reaching a large number of students and staff in order to share vital information quickly.
- Every available device can be used to contact the campus population and provide information in case of an emergency, including landlines, mobile devices, desktops, and even digital displays.
- Alerts provide specific information about emergency and non-emergency situations and help students take steps to remain safe until the situation has been resolved.
- MNS notifications can be sent in multiple formats, including phone calls, audio broadcasts, SMSs, push notifications, and emails. Not only does this ensure that everyone receives important messages during a crisis, but this feature can also be used to share important information in non-emergencies.
It is difficult for schools to communicate effectively in emergencies without the right technology. Emergency communication platforms can be used in a number of ways—both in emergency and non-emergency situations. Schools can leverage the capabilities of modern MNS in order to improve their communication strategy and safety. MNS also helps schools to save time and streamline mass communications.
A mass notification system delivers instructional follow-up messages through different channels with an aim to enhance student and staff safety in case of an emergency. In most emergencies, the time taken to react and respond can mean the difference between life and death. Despite its other advantages, this alone should drive schools to invest in mass notification systems in order to help cut emergency response times and ensure enhanced student and staff security.