Key Components Of Your
Emergency Messaging System
Senior Account Executive - High Ground Solutions. Inc
Regional Account Manager – Alertus Technologies
Does Your Emergency Notification System
Look Like a Jigsaw Puzzle?
What’s Driving ENS’s
From Campus To Corporate
• On Campus Shootings
• Disgruntled Employees
• Severe Weather - FEMA
• Terrorist Threats Domestic – HOMELAND SECURITY
Regulations & New Technologies
- Chapter 24 of 2010 Edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code
- DoD UFC 04-021-01
- Cleary Act – College Campuses
New Technologies/ Protocols
- CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) is an XML-based data format for exchanging
public warnings and emergencies between alerting technologies. Examples would
include NOAA Weather Alerts, Amber Alerts, reverse 911 and many others.
• It allows a single warning message versus what required many messages to
• It allows warnings to be directed more precisely than ever before.
• It creates a standard for what information is included in a warning message,
regardless of the type of emergency or its location.
• It creates warning messages actionable by both humans and machines.
Emergency Notification Systems Of Old ?
NFPA72-2010 Chapter 24
Emergency Communication Systems
Multimodal Mass Notification
• It is recommended that the MNS include two forms of
communication, at least one from Tier 1 and a secondary
method from one of the other tiers.
• Relying on just one method in an emergency could result
in a relatively large portion of the targeted population not
receiving the message.
• The overall solution is to exploit a number of Tier 1 and
secondary tier systems that combine to produce a reliable
and robust design.
In-Building Mass Notification Systems
Immediate and intrusive alerting (code compliance)
Public address (e.g., Alert Beacons or conventional speakers)
Fire evac system
Cellular and text messages/SMS
Email broadcast / Internet
Automated voice dialing
Radio and TV broadcasts
Text messages and location specific messages
Locally relevant alerting
Radio cell phones
• Textual visible notification appliances shall be permitted to be used for
primary or supplemental notification. (126.96.36.199.5)
• Where audible notification is provided, mass notification systems shall also
provide visual information to serve the hard-of-hearing and for high-noise
• Transmission of visible notification and messages shall be simultaneous to
audible notification and messages. (188.8.131.52.4)
• The word “ALERT” shall be stamped or imprinted on the appliance and be
visible to the public. (184.108.40.206.3)
• Emergency textual messages shall override non-emergency. (24.4.2..21.12)
• Distributed recipient mass notification systems alerting shall not be used in
lieu of required audible and visual alerting mass notification systems but shall
be integrated with mass notification systems whenever possible. (220.127.116.11)
Why The Different Alert Types ?
- SMS, Phone, Emails, Social Media & Web Site
- Alert Beacons
- Desktop Popups
- Digital Signage
- PA Systems / IP Phone Systems / Fire Alarms
- Cable TV Override
- Web Site
- Giant Voice Speakers / Sirens
Manual Activation vs. Automatic Activation
• Manual Activation
- Preset Alert Activations
- Customized Alerts
- Modified Preset Alerts
• Automatic Activation – Via CAP Triggers & API’s
- Severe Weather (Tornado Warnings per NOAA rss feed)
- Plant Fires, Chemical Spills, etc via various CAP feeds
Your Emergency Notification System
How Can You Put Your Puzzle Together