All eyes were on the northeast part of the nation this week as Hurricane Sandy ripped through New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. The storm caused severe flooding, power outages, and wind-driven fires. It was a humbling reminder of the force of mother nature and the need for vigilance. Here are three things you can do to keep you and your people safe in any weather emergency.
Be informed and prepared: The preparations that take place before a weather emergency can have a huge impact on what happens during and after. One of the things that prevented Hurricane Sandy from being an even larger tragedy was that it was not a surprise. People were informed of when and where it would strike and had some time to prepare.
InformaCast's Inbound CAP Plugin lets you know when there is a weather concern in your area so you don't need to spend extra time and money monitoring for alerts.
Just define the geographic area that is important to you, and InformaCast will automatically notify you when there is a weather concern in that area. InformaCast is configured to receive alerts from several organizations, including the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Department of Homeland Security. As soon as one of these organizations releases an alert that pertains to your area, InformaCast will let you know.
Learn more about how the Conference Call Plugin for InformaCast can be used in your organization to automatically invite managers to a conference call when an emergency event takes place.
With the new Conference Call Plugin from Singlewire, you can actually start a conference call with an InformaCast broadcast.
So why is that important? Well, with the InformaCast broadcast you're going to communicate with people, tell them what the emergency situation is, but at the same time you're going to automatically a call manager adhoc conference call and then automatically call people to join that call.
So the idea is this you have an emergency in your organization you use InformaCast to notify everybody what that emergency is, what they need to do to stay safe in that emergency, you start an InformaCast Conference Call plugin.
The new guy who you’ve known for three days. Your first employee who you’ve known for a lifetime. Your coworkers, friends, confidants. The people in your care…When something happens, nothing matters more than keeping your people safe.
Speed InformaCast allows you to notify people almost immediately with the touch of a button or an automatic notification. It can reach all of the people you need in a matter of seconds, whether you are communicating to 2 people or 2,000.
Reach With a single point of activation, InformaCast can automatically send notifications via several different platforms – Jabber IM, Facebook, Twitter, Email, SMS text, computers, IP phones, IP speakers, and more – to help ensure the people you’re trying to reach will get your message. No matter where they are, InformaCast can help you reach them.
The modern workplace poses many dangers. Ever-evolving safety regulations mean longer and longer ‘to do’ lists for safety managers and other decision makers. It can be difficult to keep up, but checking those lists off too soon can be dangerous and costly.
If you already have existing safety systems like fire alarms, paging, and eyewash stations, you may wonder why you even need an advanced emergency notification system. After all, it seems like the safety box on your list has already been checked. That's understandable – and the things you already have are extremely important – but you are only seeing a part of the picture.
Learn more about how your organization can send emergency notification from organizations such as the National Weather Service using the common alerting protocol or CAP.
So with the new Inbound CAP Plugin from Singlewire you can now connect your InformaCast server to the National Weather Service, NOAA, to the Department of Homeland Security. And you can receive emergency notifications from them in CAP format about weather alerts, about natural disasters, and about terrorist and biological attacks.
Medical staff who care for people with Alzheimers and Dementia have a large responsibility. The people they care for aren’t just patients; they are parents who used to take care of their children and now need care themselves. They are former teachers, policemen, mechanics, and doctors who may no longer remember who they are. They are grandparents who are frustrated, because they don’t know the names of their own grandchildren. They are the people whose fate we could share when we grow old.
In light of this responsibility, it can also be a challenge to address the special needs of people with Alzheimers and Dementia. Because of their memory problems, they cannot remember instruction. They have a tendency to wander off and sometimes get lost. They are at high risk of endangering themselves or others if they are not supervised. They can get confused and scared.
What did you do this morning? Perhaps you got dressed, cooked breakfast, saw your loved ones before you all scattered to various places, drove to work. It’s likely that you’ve repeated this or some sort of routine over the course of many mornings; so much that you don’t even think about it anymore.
Now, imagine how different your routine might be without the ability to see. Imagine not being able to see the clothes in your closet, the food you are cooking, the faces of the people you love. Imagine not being able to drive your own car.
Sight impacts so many areas of life. Yet, for how much our eyes do, they are two of the most vulnerable parts of the body. In situations where eyes can be exposed to chemicals or foreign objects, being prepared for immediate action is crucial.
Learn more about how InformaCast can be used to monitor for numbers dialed within your organization, like 911, record the call, and send notification to on-site first responder.
CallAware, it's job is to monitor dialed numbers, and everybody uses it to watch for 911 calls being placed. So we've added a really new feature with CallAware 2.0 where you can now record those emergency calls.
So here's the setup. Somebody in your organization places a emergency call. "Emergency call was made from Brett Rimkus, Madison office at Eleven twenty-one and seven seconds AM of August 23, 2012."
When it comes to mass notification solutions, one size does not fit all. We at Singlewire understand that your organization is unique, and we strive to offer a product that meeds your individual needs.
Learn more about the InformaCast Virtual Appliance and how it can help simplify deployment and maintenance of emergency notification and overhead paging in your organization by watching the video below.
Now, as you may know, we have been able to run InformaCast in virtual environments for quite a while. We've taken that to the next step where we're now offering an InformaCast VMware virtual appliance.
24 hours. 24 hours in which to cram work, sleep, family, friends, and all the other necessities of life.
It’s a tall order. At the end of the day, it is easy to find yourself, in the manner of Oliver Twist, wanting to ask for more.
But there is no more. Time is a limited resource. There will only ever be 24 hours in a day.
When manufacturers do not have proper safety regulations and employees get hurt; when schools are not prepared to respond to situations in which students are in danger; when hospitals have patients who wander off, it’s NOT because they don’t care. It’s NOT because they are lazy. More often than not, it’s because they just don’t have enough hours in their proverbial porridge bowl.
Watch the video below to learn more about how the Jabber IM Plugin for InformaCast can be used to send emergency notification to people in your organization that are running a Cisco Jabber client on their desktop or mobile devices.
Finding a mass notification system that fits your needs can seem like an overwhelming task. With the many options out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. To help you in your search, Campus Safety magazine recently released an emergency notification cheat sheet that lists the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly used emergency alert systems on the market.