In the last century, there has been a marked increase not only in the number of natural disasters but in their total damage costs. Whether these are the result of human activity, climate change and global warming or a normal shift in the planet’s evolution is still debated. Regardless, there is little doubt that organizations must deal with the consequences that these natural incidents have on day-to-day operations and most importantly, on the safety of their employees.Read More
Emergency Notification, Mass Communication & Crisis Management Blog
Thankfully, there were no bombs, and no one was hurt. But no one knew that when the threat was first identified.
When instructed by police, Concordia University was able to use their emergency mass notification to rapidly deploy messages via desktop, digital screens and text messaging to evacuate three buildings in an effort to keep students, staff, and visitors safe from harm.
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In a large organization, choosing a provider for a mass communication tool, or any other solution for that matter, is not a simple task. Often times, there is a bidding process where vendors respond to a Request for Proposals. Now, producing the RFP in the first place is extremely complex. You have to factor in all the possible functionalities the solution should have for any possible disaster scenario you can conceive. And even when this comprehensive and exhaustive list is on put paper, there is still crucial information that can’t truly be captured. Often, it’s these details that make all the difference between a vendor that you keep and one that you want to get rid of.Read More
As a business continuity or disaster recovery professional you’ve probably put in a lot of effort setting up your emergency mass notification system. You’ve likely already:
- Determined the different user types your system will support as well what security/permissions each user type will have.
- Confirmed how to get your user/stakeholder information into the system...either via upload, integration with another software platform, or via self-registration of your users.
- Set-up user groups, uploaded important crisis communication related documents.
- Linked your ENS with the appropriate social media accounts
- Integrated your ENS with various external notification devices such as digital displays, sirens, and desktop disruption.
- Developed notification templates.
- Tested the system, and more.
But did you promote the new “service” your organization is providing to the stakeholders in your database? Did you build enthusiasm and buy-in from your stakeholders?Read More
ERMS had a great quarter! With an increased demand we have been busy. Busy training new customers and helping them implement their new system. Just how busy? VERY! Our quarterly sales results were almost 50% above target.
Some of our newest customers include: Canadian Red Cross, Desjardin, Intact Insurance, Simon Fraser University, Worker’s Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB), British Columbia Emergency Management (EMBC), the City of Cambridge, Canadian Federal Government (Shared Services), Independence Bank, Jewish General Hospital, and many more.
Why the increased demand? We believe it’s because more and more organizations are starting to understand the value and benefits of emergency and crisis mass communication solutions. Our new, and existing customers, benefit in many ways when they implement an emergency mass notification system (EMNS). Some of those benefits include:Read More
The events that are currently unfolding in our nation’s capital are unparalleled in recent history, and at ERMS our thoughts are with those who are affected by the situation. Some of our clients and friends were caught in the midst of the attack, and for many others the reality of the threat was all too close.Read More
Emergency and Incident Mass Notification Services (ENS) are the secure automated distribution and management of important alerts and critical messages to multiple recipients on multiple devices, activated via browser (PC or mobile device) or phone. Emergency notification has become an integral and mission critical component of organizations communication strategies. On both a routine and emergency basis, notifications to affected stakeholders before, during and after an incident or crisis dramatically increases an organization’s ability to quickly restore productivity to normal levels.
We're excited to announce ERMS will be exhibiting our award-wining system at the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) to be held from June 23 – 26 in Toronto, Ontario. Private one-on-one demonstrations will be available upon request (Booth 19).
From May 26th through June 1st is Hurricane Preparedness Week in the United States. This is an important week as they help educate citizens about the importance of preparing for emergency situations as well as how to prepare for them.
Community and Government Emergency Managers across North America use advanced emergency notification technology to execute the communications portion of their response plan when nature related emergencies and catastrophes happen. Residents in risk prone areas are becoming accustomed to receiving communication from their community and government leaders in a myriad of ways.