Facebook, Twitter influence emergency mass notification

Blue Alert® MNS (Mass Notification System) from Code Blue Corporation fills the need to send mass notifications across a wide array of systems, including blue light phones, public address speakers, digital signs, fire panels, text messages and email.

Included in that comprehensive solution are social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The continued growth and influence of these sites were highlighted in a recent column from Emergency Management News titled “Social Media Replacing 911?” It cited a report that claimed 20 percent of disaster survivors use social media to contact first responders. From the article:

“The fact is, people using social media and text messages, and relaying messages to others to summon help, is now part of our emergency management reality.”

Eighty percent of Americans also now expect emergency response agencies to monitor and respond to social media platforms. Code Blue recognizes the growing demand to include social media and text messaging into an emergency communication solution, which is precisely what Blue Alert MNS does. It’s designed specifically for school, hospital, corporate and municipal campuses, and fills a need for an incident response solution that is sophisticated and cost-effective. It also is capable of integrating into third party security devices so that people can be informed quickly and directly during an emergency situation.

Blue Alert MNS is part of the Blue Alert First Responder, Code Blue’s suite of unique software applications that provide an all-encompassing and user-friendly solution for security personnel. Blue Alert First Responder also includes Blue Alert Mobile powered by Guardly, a cross-platform mobile app that transforms smartphones into “mobile help points,” and Blue Alert EMS (Event Management System), which handles all incoming emergency and non-emergency events with an easy to use interface.

About Code Blue Corporation

Code Blue Corporation is the pioneer in developing and producing vandal-resistant Blue Light Emergency Phones installed in thousands of education, corporate, hospital, airport and municipal locations worldwide. Offering American-made Help Point®, Emergency Signaling, Incident Response and Systems Management solutions with full diagnostic capabilities, Code Blue helps keep you safe wherever you go.

Founded in 1989 to address the growing need for security solutions which integrated interactive voice with other common security technologies, Code Blue is the industry leader in emergency communication systems that are innovative, powerful, flexible, cost effective and durable.

Code Blue systems offer customers a level of incident deterrence and management that reduces expenses for costly patrolling and liability exposure, and increases sales, productivity and enrollment by establishing a safe environment for citizens.