In their own words: Campus protection pros tell us about their emergency notification successes

We asked participants in the 2022 Campus Safety Emergency Notice survey to tell us about the successes they’ve had with their programs. Here’s what some of them had to say.

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Here’s what some of the participants in this year’s Campus Safety Emergency Notification survey said about the successes they’ve had with their mass notification programs.

  • When we had heavy snowstorms, the email alert to leave before the snowfall (for those who could) worked well.
  • We were able to integrate our voice-over-field fire alarm system with our mass notification platform.
  • Messaging was able to direct people away from crime scenes for processing and dangerous situations (floods and downed branches).
  • Able to reach approximately 70% of all registered staff by phone message within one hour of triggering the alert.
  • All staff are enrolled in the mass notification system.
  • Excellent service from our system supplier.
  • Our messaging app allows automatic sending of messages in the event of a tornado or life-threatening weather conditions. It automatically navigates the location based on NWS mapping and will send it to people in that geographic location. It is based on home and work addresses and will also include people working remotely in other parts of the country/world. As the NWS map moves, additional alerts will be sent if more people are in the alert locations.

Download the results of the 2022 Campus Safety Emergency Notification Survey.

  • Patterns and protocols make notifications easy and fast for those who get busy.
  • Whenever we have a patient running away, we are able to send a mass email to all staff, regardless of location, by the method they sign up for, phone call, text or email.

  • Building successfully locked.
  • Routine use has been successful
  • The missing patient was found less than 10 minutes after the alert.
  • We have included LE and dispatch in our mass notification for creating lockdown alerts to enable faster response.
  • Notification systems span our 1,200 acre campus.
  • The campus sends out crime notifications. My internal system is used to augment evacuations in case of fires and other incidents in buildings.
  • Text alerts work best, we have more reach. The only problem is the opt-in.
  • We recently added strobes to all high volume (noise) areas of the school including CTC/workshop areas, boiler rooms, etc.
  • Played a central role in communication during the first 2 years of the pandemic.
  • Capable of transmitting emergency messages to students during heavy rains and thunderstorms.
  • Traffic problems during monsoons were easily communicated to the community.
  • In the past six months, we have sent out notifications of sexual assaults that have occurred on or near campus. With each notification, he encouraged others and gave them the opportunity to report unreported sexual assaults that might otherwise have gone unreported. We were able to direct registrants to those who could help them.
  • Ability to secure 3 schools in response to criminal activity in the area.
  • We currently use our telephones and public address system for all emergencies except for fire alarms via call stations. The secretaries asked for a wait to make sure a situation in the hallway was safe and private. We will update it to an automated system in the next 6 months.
  • We had an incident where we had to cancel school due to unexplained smoke in a few classrooms. After the notification was sent, the students were attended to in a timely and orderly manner.
  • Integration with HR system to make EMNS opt-out for all staff and vendors.

Download the results of the 2022 Campus Safety Emergency Notification Survey.

Check out the results of some of our previous in-depth analyzes of emergency notifications:

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About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin Hattersley-Gray, Chief Editor

Robin has covered the campus security and 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 is the author of an award-winning editorial on law enforcement and campus security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video , Network Integration, Event Management, Crime Trends, Clery Law, Title IX Compliance, Sexual Assault. , dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured in national and local media and was previously associate editor of the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She received her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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