Integrating social media into emergency mass notification
Code Blue Corporation understands that when an emergency occurs it’s vital to communicate in a reliable and efficient manner to inform and direct people in the safest possible way. The need for an effective emergency communication solution was demonstrated once again during the tragic 2013 Boston Marathon attack. An article published on Security Info Watch’s website stated just how important it is to include social media outlets like Twitter into an emergency mass notification plan.
From the story:
“For the emergency mass notification community — of which most if not all security managers and executives are a part — the idea is a no-brainer. Barring catastrophe, the Internet will remain in operation in spite of any number of emergency situations, from terrorist bombings, to tornadoes, to blackouts. …
“This concept has already taken hold among many of our college and university campuses — which makes sense, as the prevailing student body these days is tremendously connected. Find me a student without his or her own Twitter feed, Facebook page and Linkedin profile and I will show you a rebel. Most campus security departments are tied into social media; and the majority of the students are followers of those feeds and pages.”
That’s one reason why Code Blue offers the Blue Alert® MNS (Mass Notification System). Designed specifically for school, hospital, corporate and municipal campuses looking for an efficient way to detect and respond, it fills a need for an incident response solution that is both comprehensive and cost-effective. Blue Alert MNS can provide CAP compliant mass notifications to an array of systems, including blue light phones, public address speakers, digital signs, fire panels, email, text messaging and social media. The software also includes custom integration capabilities that can be used to connect with third party security devices and platforms.
Blue Alert MNS is one 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.
To learn more about Blue Alert First Responder, click here.
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.