Emergency Notification Systems and Services
This section of our technical library presents articles written about Emergency Alert Systems and Disaster Recovery definitions, terms and related information.
The 911Broadcast emergency notification and alert service can deliver a large number of phone calls using a network of phone systems employing digital phone lines simultaneously. Should a disaster such as a snow storm, wild fire or flood hit your area, 911Broadcast systems can alert your community quickly providing specific instructions if an evacuation is required.
This service is available using our emergency broadcasting systems. If a dangerous chemical spill occurs in your community, you can target specific areas to call. If a severe snow storm hits your area, your community can be notified of school closings or event cancellations.
The following article relates to emergency broadcasting systems, specifically Emergency Notification System - Office Of Emergency Preparedness.
Emergency Notification System - Office Of Emergency Preparedness
The UTSA Office of Emergency Preparedness recently added an automatic emergency notification system that can call large groups of people at the same time in case of a university emergency. The "Notifier" system has the ability to make more than 1,000 phone calls within less than 15 minutes.
"This emergency system will enable the Office of Emergency Preparedness to better inform members of the Tri-Campus community whenever there is a potentially dangerous situation," said George Powers, chief of UTSA police. "The system can even tell us whether or not the call was received."
The Notifier emergency notification system also has the capability to deliver an interactive message where the call recipient provides feedback to confirm receiving the call.
This emergency broadcasting system can also be used to complete a wide range of tasks including contacting emergency response teams during an emergency or providing scheduled informational calls to the university community on issues such as emergency preparedness and procedures.
Further, As part of ongoing emergency preparedness training, the Notifier emergency notification system will be tested in various scenarios across the Tri-Campus community.
Fires - Emergency Dialers Fire Warnings
If a fire were to erupt in your community, our emergency notification system can notify citizens in a matter of minutes. With our emergency notification phone service, you can broadcast warning messages to thousands of households in your community warning of catastrophic disasters including fires and fire alerts.
Messages can be simultaneously delivered in just minutes using our network of phone systems and services. Pre-recorded warning messages can be played giving households information regarding the fire location and whether a community evacuation is planned or necessary. You can send a broadcast warning to specific neighborhoods or communities in the event of a local residential or business fire and provide priority delivery of these messages to those nearest the fire danger.
Multiple messages can be delivered to different members of the community based upon proximity to the blaze. Calls can be directed to operators that are standing by to handle special individual emergencies.
Messages can also be broadcast seeking volunteers or special assistance from emergency personnel including a volunteer fire department.
Remote communities have used our services to warn residents when a controlled burn or training burn was scheduled, preventing a rash of 911 and emergency calls by concerned citizens.
Other applications include warning residents when the danger of fire is at a high level. Fire restrictions can likewise be broadcast using this service.
Messages sent to households in this fashion can be simple warnings with specific or general instructions. If the community needs feedback from the call, an interactive response can be programmed into the message allowing the person to either acknowledge the call or to contact someone. Messages can vary based upon proximity to the event, with different degrees of broadcast warning and instructions.
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