K-12 Emergency Notification Systems for the New School Year

emergency notification for the new K12 school year

Prepare for Back to School

While parents are getting supplies to prepare their students for the new school year, administrators and school security officers are making sure they have everything in place to provide a safe learning environment. Part of that process involves adding and testing technology that can reach everyone during an emergency.

Emergency notification systems offer schools a means to send critical information to everyone who needs it for events like active shooters and severe weather. Advanced systems can tie into legacy paging systems and security features, such as door locks, to help leverage existing technology and offer additional opportunities to increase security at schools.

Before the new school year, there are several steps school officials should take to assess their emergency notification capabilities.

Learn about emergency notification for K-12 schools

Standardize Procedures to Save Time

Review what kind of procedures are currently in place and identify areas that can be improved or expanded. Know what kind of events constitute sending notifications to key personnel and how those notifications will be sent. Some scenarios may only require a select group to be notified, while others may call for everyone to be alerted of the situation. Standardizing these practices before the school year begins can save time when an actual event occurs.

Analyze How You Distribute Information

Once you have a plan in place for who will be notified during what situations, consider how you are distributing the information people need to help manage the event. Overhead paging is helpful to reach everyone in a building, but during an emergency, every available channel of communications should be utilized to share information. Look into how you can send messages as phone calls, mobile text alerts, emails and push notifications to quickly get information to the people that need it. Emergency notification systems should let you send messages in multiple formats to large groups simultaneously.

See How InformaCast Can Work in Your School

InformaCast from Singlewire Software is an emergency notification system that protects students, faculty, and staff at K-12 schools across the country. Schools use this system to tie into existing overhead paging systems and connect with key personnel on their mobile and landline phones and desktop computers. InformaCast also makes administrators’ lives easier by giving them the ability to consolidate bells, clocks, and PA systems onto one network for cost savings and improved flexibility. Our mobile solution offers additional options for triggering notifications and reaching people. And with the availability of text, live, ad-hoc, pre-recorded and text-to-speech audio messages, and the ability to share over PA systems and audio displays, InformaCast ensures you are delivering critical information, efficiently, to keep everyone safe.  

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