Incorporating mass notification into new fire alarm systems can help protect your campus from modern dangers.
In an emergency situation, panic can quickly turn into pandemonium when people are confused and frightened. Like shouting “fire!” in a crowded theater, outdated fire alarm systems that consist only of horns and strobes communicate the threat of imminent danger, but little other information.
Now the ‘theater’ is growing. Many organizations are expanding their campuses and adopting new technologies. People are starting to realize they need more security as the face of the modern emergency changes.
"If you had talked to most school folks 15 years ago, they would have never thought they needed a procedure to lockdown a school," Greg Jakubowski, principal and chief engineer for Fire Planning Associates, told Campus Safety magazine. "But now after these school shootings and other events, folks realize they need a procedure to lockdown the building. That requires a different type of alarm than the fire alarm box with all of the horns and strobes going off, which was all the systems were capable of doing when they were designed 20 years ago."