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November 11, 20220

Are you looking to fund an outdoor warning sirens or another mass notification systems project? Here is the starting point.

FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance funding eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses.

“Hazard mitigation” is any sustainable action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from future disasters.

Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future.

Alternative Cost-Effectiveness Methodology

On Oct. 7, 2022, FEMA announced an increase in program accessibility for communities for the fiscal year 2022 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program application cycle.

This increased support will benefit underserved communities with challenges meeting the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) requirement when accessing funding through Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

The fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) grant application period for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant programs opened on Sept. 30, 2022, and closes at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 27, 2023.

Find Funding for Hazard Mitigation


Which Best Describes Your Project?

  • Rebuilding my community after a major disaster in a way that reduces future disaster losses.
    • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (HMGP)
  • Reducing the risk of flood damage to NFIP-insured buildings.
    • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
  • Helping my community reduce risks from future disasters and natural hazards.
    • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
  • Making my community more resilient after a wildfire disaster.
    • HMGP Post-Fire Assistance
  • Implementing one of the 68 Congressional Community Projects that prioritize sustainable & cost-effective measures to reduce risk and/or reliance on federal disaster funding.
    • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
FEATURED RESOURCE

Access resources to help interpret federal statutes, regulations and best practices about mitigation strategies.

https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation-assistance-guidance

Contact HQE Systems, Inc. for additional information on accessing grant funding for your organization.

Source: FEMA.gov

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand-agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the ideal budget.  HQE can provide full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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November 11, 20220

To all those who have served, thank you for your service. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we are honored to have the opportunity to serve our veteran community. From all of us at HQE Systems, Inc. Thank you!

 

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand-agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the ideal budget.  HQE can provide full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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September 22, 20220

Preparing to Apply


  1. Determine whether your organization was previously assigned a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number when applying for federal assistance; the numeric DUNS system was phased out of use on April 4, 2022 and replaced by the alphanumeric Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) system.
    • If your organization was previously assigned a DUNS Number, it has been replaced by a new UEI value. Login to sam.gov to check your new UEI.
    • If your organization has not previously applied for federal assistance, move on to Step 2 below; you will automatically be assigned a UEI when registering in sam.gov.
  2. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register in the System for Award Management at sam.gov; your organization will be assigned a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) once registered.
  3. Register with grants.gov
  4. Create an account with FEMA’s Non-Disaster Grants Management System (ND Grants)
  5. Review details on each of the Preparedness Grant Programs to determine which grant(s) is the best fit for your organization.

Resources

For more details, please view the Preparedness Grants Manual and the Appendix H: Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

Visit SAM.gov and grants.gov to register.

Credit: FEMA

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing complete solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself on providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the lowest budget.  HQE can provide complete design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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September 19, 20220

Be Aware of Hazards


  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Fire
  • Electrocution

Safety Tips


Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the generator.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Do not assume that you are safe. Carbon monoxide from generators is completely colorless and odorless, so you won’t know if it’s there. It could kill your family and your pets.
  • Do not use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces- including homes, garages, and crawl spaces – even those areas with partial ventilation.
  • Do not operate near open doors and windows. Using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home.
  • Install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to alert you of dangerous levels. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended placement.

​​​​​​​Electrocution or electric shock

  • Always connect the generator to appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Hooking up your generator directly into your home power supply could increase the voltage or could cause a surge to the outside power lines and potentially injure or electrocute an unaware utility lineman. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices. Connecting the generator to your home could cause a surge in electricity that might result in injury or death to yourself or your family.
  • Use a qualified electrician to install the appropriate equipment in accordance with local electrical codes or ask your utility company to install an appropriate power transfer switch.

​​​​​​​Fire

  • Keep your generator outside and fuel your generator outside.
  • Do not store the fuel for your generator in your house. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers.
  • Do not store fuel near a fuel-burning appliance, for example, a gas stove.
  • If the fuel is spilled or the container is not sealed properly, invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the appliance’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline or other flammable liquids spilled on hot engine parts could ignite, and invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the generator’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches in the appliance.

​​​​​​​Resources for additional information about generators and carbon monoxide:


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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing complete solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself on providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the lowest budget.  HQE can provide complete design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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June 13, 20220

Are You Looking To Upgrade or Install A New Outdoor Warning Siren System? If so, read the TOP 3 things that you should know about Outdoor Warning Systems before you spend hundreds of thousands if not millions on your next purchase.

More than likely you are an Emergency Manager, Safety Officer, Police or Fire Department Official tasked with the daunting task of upgrading/installing an outdoor warning siren system.  Replacing and upgrading outdoor warning sirens occurs every ten to fifteen years for an organization.  This means that the system you most likely choose will have a direct impact on the community for the next decade. Because of this, we wanted to help our Emergency Managers/Safety Officers to consider these 3 simple but powerful points before allocating a single penny to a system.

  1. Do you need to rip and replace the entire system or can you salvage part of the system that is already in place (obviously this is for those with existing systems)? If you have an existing system that is partially working or has several years left, there are modern outdoor warning siren systems that can integrate into the existing legacy sirens to extend the life of the current system.  This ensures that the investment made into the existing system can be extended a bit longer without sacrificing reliability or effectiveness.  Don’t rip and replace a perfectly good system that just needs to be modernized.  You can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by maintaining the working portions of your current system and installing a modern outdoor siren management system to upgrade the solution to provide modern features.
  2. Do you have more existing life safety systems that need to be integrated into the new outdoor warning sirens?  Instead of installing more stovepiped systems that require more people and resources to manage, choose a system that has an open systems integrations capability. There are modern solutions in the market today that will integrate all of your existing life safety systems into a single management portal. This will reduce your manpower and long-term maintenance requirements. Ultimately this cost and time savings will allow you to invest in other life safety capabilities.
  3. Do you have to fight for a budget each and every year to maintain these outdoor warning sirens? There are modern outdoor warning sirens that require very little maintenance due to their superior manufacturing and construction features. These outdoor sirens have been fully operational in Iraq and Afghanistan in the harshest of environments protecting our service members from terrorist attacks and other emergencies. This means by choosing the modern reliable system, you won’t have to fight for a maintenance budget that may not be available to you each year.

2022 has been a year full of weather and human-caused catastrophic emergencies.  If you have any questions about how you should proceed with choosing the right outdoor warning siren, contact our subject matter experts. It costs you nothing to ask a few questions about what works and what doesn’t.  You don’t have to choose HQE to be your sirens installation partner, but you should choose the right siren that best protects your community. We care more about that than anything else.  Why?  As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we take Serving Our Country very seriously. Just because we don’t wear our uniforms anymore doesn’t mean we stopped caring about our fellow citizens.

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing full solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of service at the lowest budget.  HQE is capable of providing full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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April 6, 20220

When emergencies strike, public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you. This page describes different warning alerts you can get and how to get them.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short emergency messages from authorized federal, state, local, tribal and territorial public alerting authorities that can be broadcast from cell towers to any WEA‐enabled mobile device in a locally targeted area. WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States.

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Illustration of an AMBER Alert on a mobile phone.
  • WEAs look like text messages but are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration repeated twice.
  • WEAs are no more than 360 characters and include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.
  • WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress.
  • You are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe.
If you are not receiving WEAs here are some tips to troubleshoot your mobile device:

 

  1. Check the settings on your mobile device and review your user manual (you may be able to find this online too).
    • Older phones may not be WEA capable, and some cell phone models require you to enable WEAs.
    • Some mobile service providers call these messages “Government Alerts,” or “Emergency Alert Messages.”
  2. Check with your wireless provider to see if they can resolve the issue.

To provide comments or concerns about WEAs sent in your area contact local officials directly.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that allows the president to address the nation within 10 minutes during a national emergency. State and local authorities may also use the system to deliver important emergency information such as weather information, imminent threats, AMBER alerts, and local incident information targeted to specific areas.

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  • The EAS is sent through broadcasters, satellite digital audio services, direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems, and wireless cable systems.
  • The President has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated. FEMA and the FCC are responsible for national-level tests and exercises.
  • The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable.

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office based on your physical location.

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Illustration of a woman listening to the radio, with heavy rain outside the window.
  • NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • NWR also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security or public safety threats through the Emergency Alert System.

HQE provides a FEMA IPAWS certified Emergency Mass Notification Alert System.

For more information on how to prepare for tornadoes, contact info@HQESystems.com

Credit: Ready.gov

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing full solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of service at the lowest budget.  HQE is capable of providing full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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January 20, 20220

Staying Safe from Tornadoes

Tornadoes left a trail of destruction across five states in the south this week. Severe storms continue toward the southeast, with more threats of tornadoes and intense wind. If you’re in the path of these severe storms, it’s important to know how to stay safe.  Since 2014, HQE Systems, Inc. has been installing outdoor warning sirens (tornado warning sirens) for hundreds of clients to ensure that each and every community is protected and prepared for tornadoes.

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. They bring intense winds over 200 miles per hour and can happen anytime, anywhere.

If you are under a severe weather warning, follow NOAA Weather Radio and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. One way to know a tornado is coming is by the loud, almost freight-like sound they can make.

If there is a tornado warning, you should take shelter immediately. To stay safe during a tornado, follow these steps:

  • Listen for the intelligible tornado warning sirens alerts (modern sirens are capable of sending voice alerts vice the legacy tone alerts)
  • Immediately go to a safe location such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Protect yourself by covering your head or neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around or on top of you.

If you’re in your car, do not try to outrun a tornado. Additionally:

  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.

Even after a tornado passes, it’s important to stay alert and use caution when clearing debris.

  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Wear appropriate gear during clean-up, such as thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves, and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told they are safe.

For more information on how to prepare for tornadoes, contact info@HQESystems.com

Credit: FEMA

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of service at the lowest budget.  HQE is capable of providing full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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December 13, 20210

 

Tornado outbreak of December 10–11, 2021 - Wikipedia

December 10-11 2021 tornado map.  The areas that were affected by the tornado were: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Release Date:
December 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Kentucky today where they were briefed by local and commonwealth officials and held a media briefing with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

The tour allowed Criswell and Mayorkas to see the tornado destruction firsthand and meet with first responders and emergency management officials conducting operations throughout the state. They toured areas of Graves and Marshall counties, also seeing the destroyed Mayfield Consumer Products factory.

“To all of the people of Kentucky, my heart goes out to each and every one of you who have experienced the tragic events from these tornadoes,” said Administrator Criswell. “I want you to know that the nation, your country, is praying with you. We’ve been seeing the pictures of this, but standing there in these communities, you don’t get that feeling from a picture. When you stand in one direction and look and see all of the devastations and then just turn to your right and all of the devastations around you, you can’t understand how this has impacted these communities until you’re there,” she continued.  “That’s why it’s so important to be here to see it for myself, so we can make sure that we’re providing the right level of assistance to help with your response and your ongoing recovery.”

Criswell added that FEMA still will be working with the commonwealth on all their long-term recovery needs as these communities start to rebuild.

For additional photos from today’s tour visit FEMA’s DVIDS page.

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BENTON, Ky. — Kentucky Emergency Management Director Mike Dossett (center) briefs DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (left) and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell (right) as they begin touring damage throughout the area.

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BENTON, Ky. — Local Marshall County incident commander briefs DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas (center) and Administrator Criswell, showing a satellite image of the tornado’s path.

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MAYFIELD, Ky. — Louisville Emergency Management Director E.J. Meiman and Administrator Criswell discuss response operations near the Mayfield Consumer Products factory that was destroyed by a tornado late Friday.


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October 25, 20210

HQE Systems, Inc. is looking to partner with Fayette County, KY.

HQE’s partner should have a technical workforce that can operate hand tools, have an understanding of low voltage hardware, and be ready to provide customer support (telephonic, email, and customer support portal).

As a Minority-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, HQE is looking to partner with a certified Minority Woman Owned Small Business that is operating in Fayette County, KY.

If you qualify as one of the certified business entities below, please contact us.

From the client:  OUR MISSION: The mission of the Minority Business Enterprise Program is to facilitate the full participation
of minority and women owned businesses in the procurement process and to promote economic inclusion as a
business imperative essential to the long term economic viability of Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government. To that end the city council adopted and implemented Resolution 484-2017 – A Certified Minority, Women and
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ten percent (10%) minimum goal and a three (3%) minimum goal for
Certified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Certified Service Disabled Veteran – Owned Businesses for
government contracts. The resolution states the following definitions shall be used for the purposes of reaching these goals (a full copy is available in Central Purchasing):
Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed
and controlled by a person(s) who is socially and economically disadvantaged as define by 49 CFR subpart 26.

Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed and
controlled by an ethnic minority (i.e. African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic Islander, Native American/Native Alaskan Indian) as defined in federal law or regulation as it may be amended from time-to-time.

Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed and
controlled by a woman.

Certified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed
and controlled by a veteran who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard.
Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent
(51%) is owned, managed and controlled by a disabled veteran who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard.

The term “Certified” shall mean the business is appropriately certified, licensed, verified, or validated by an organization or entity recognized by the Division of Purchasing as having the appropriate credentials to make a determination as to the status of the business.


 

HQE Systems Inc. is a  FEMA Certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).  HQE is a software and technology innovation company that can mitigate any pain points for clients of all sizes.

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October 14, 20200

Every moment counts in an emergency, so getting help should be as simple as dialing 911. In Kari Hunt Dunn’s case, that phone call proved impossible — her hotel room didn’t allow guests to directly dial emergency services. As Dunn’s estranged husband attacked her in 2013, her young daughter made several attempts to call authorities for help. None went through because she didn’t first dial “9” for an outside line.

But a new federal law will make a difference for the next victim. Kari’s Law requires multi-line phone systems to have a default configuration that enables users to dial 911 directly. While the law doesn’t require mass notification, it highly recommends organizations deploy on-site notification – which automatically sends alerts to executives and on-site emergency responders – if the communications solution in place supports it.

As a result, government agencies, universities and K-12 schools need to be sure their communications solutions comply with the law. Although many legacy phone systems don’t have this functionality, today’s communications technology offers a robust and easily installed solution at a reasonable cost.

To help with your planning, here’s an overview of two technologies – on-site notification and mass notification – and how they can make your school community and government offices safer.

On-site notification

On-site notification keeps the people in your care safer by automatically notifying first responders of an emergency, getting trained assistance to the right people in less time.

Executives can notify staff and on-site police and security as soon as someone dials 911. Alerts include the name, extension number and exact location of the caller. This is especially important in large government buildings and school campuses. Simultaneous notification allows the right people to respond immediately in an appropriate and unified manner. The system’s built-in messaging even allows text communications to be sent from desktops, further enhancing a timely and coordinated response.

Currently only a recommendation, on-site notification will likely become required in the future. In fact, this technology is already available and affordable with new communications technology solutions. As legacy phone systems reach the end of their lifespans, more organizations are sure to adopt this feature.

Finally, integrating your emergency notification system with door locks removes the need to physically lock doors, providing increased protection in an instant. Staffers can initiate a lockdown or lockout from any type of phone.

Mass notification

The technology that underlies onsite notifications systems – intelligent mass notification – offers additional safety features. Most importantly, governments and schools can quickly deliver critical information to an entire community or relevant subgroup when emergencies arise. The technology is also versatile. For example, administrators can use a variety of channels and devices to send alerts.


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