In the calm of the dark, nocturnal wild things croak and buzz, calling to their mates or sharing other needs of the night. Suddenly, frantic drums drown out the creatures’ evening symphony. The frenzied tempo warns the nearby villages of an impending danger. On another continent, a number of perfectly timed smoke puffs interrupt a clear blue sky. Another warning to prepare for lurking threats. Drum beats and smoke signals. Two of man’s earliest forms of real-time mass emergency communication.
Fortunately, technology and innovation has delivered us more sophisticated and effective methods of communicating in the event of an emergency.
Here’s a rough timeline on the evolution of emergency communication in the United States:
- The 1960s saw the emergence of the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) that utilized radio and TV to warn people en masse of major emergency events.
- This was further bolstered - and replaced by – the Emergency Alert System in 1997, adding digital and satellite broadcasts.
- In 2013, the government launched the Wireless Alert System to include cell phones in emergency warnings.
Today, the modern power of emergency notification (EN) isn’t restricted to the hands of the government or other emergency service entities, nor is it strictly one-way communication.
With emergency notification software (ENS), any organization send out warnings and communicate in an emergency with staff, supply chain units, and other relevant entities, in any part of the world, at any time.
Not only has technology granted more reliant means of emergency communication, but it’s also multiplied the communication avenues. A business can send and receive communications via computer desktops, cell phones, landlines, email, instant messaging, and even social media.
Integration is the Future for Organizational Efficiency
Even more advantageous than a stand-alone ENS, is one embedded with a company’s business continuity (BC) planning tool.
Think about how personal and business devices have laced into one seemingly uninterrupted connection: from your cell phone you can transfer files - separately or simultaneously - to your laptop, tablet, business desktop, or music player. You can conduct systems to your tablet from desktop – or any combination. You have full access and control.
This is the control and finesse you can experience with an integrated ENS and BC planning tool.
What are the benefits of a BC tool with embedded ENS?
- All your relevant data can be accessed locally without jumping systems or software, and streamlined to create one comprehensive system-of-record.
- Data updates pertinent to both your BC plans and your emergency notifications, such as HR files, can be updated conjointly.
- You can speed response and recovery by activating plans and sending emergency communications from one interface.
- Reduce training requirements by no longer having to utilize multiple platforms for different actions.
- Create more comprehensive reporting on both BC and emergency communication activities.
We’ve come a long way from beating drums and sending up smoke signals to warn others of approaching dangers. And technology, coupled with innovative business minds, continue to push efforts towards broader, more efficient, and ingenious emergency communications.
Not only to help mitigate loss and save lives, but also to enhance business practices and other necessary communications.
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