Severe Weather Mass Notifications Using InformaCast Command Center


Develop a Severe Weather Plan

No matter where you are in the world, weather can impact your daily operations. Sometimes it causes slight delays, other times it’s more severe, resulting in a shutdown or damage to buildings. The bottom line is, your organization needs to identify the weather events that can disrupt day-to-day procedures and put an emergency communication plan in place to alert your people. Doing this can help keep people out of harm’s way, minimize downtime, and provide an efficient response to what could otherwise be a devastating situation.

That’s why Singlewire Software developed InformaCast Command Center, a feature included with InformaCast Fusion. This simplified interface gives users the ability to quickly trigger notifications that reach everyone with detailed information. This makes it ideal for managing severe weather situations organizations are likely to encounter. In this blog post, we’ll outline how your organization can leverage Command Center for severe weather notifications.

Convenient Alerting with Command Center

InformaCast Command Center utilizes configured icons for common emergency events. These icons are customizable for any event an organization wants to prepare for, but for the purposes of this blog post, we will be focusing solely on severe weather. As a first step, gather key stakeholders and determine what kind of weather events your organization is most likely to experience. This will be important when configuring your Command Center icon for severe weather.

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Each icon will surface predetermined questions for the user to answer when they click it. This is fully customizable, so your organization will need to decide what the questions will be and how you want them to be answered. Answers can be selected from a dropdown menu or you can provide space for someone to type out an answer. Keep in mind the purpose of Command Center is to offer a convenient way to quickly send mass notifications. You’ll want to balance the number of questions and how much you want answered with how quickly you want the alert to go out.

Once your icon is configured it will also appear in the InformaCast Mobile app. This will allow people with permissions to trigger a notification to leverage Command Center from their mobile device.


Determine Your Severe Weather Questions

The first question you’ll likely want to answer is what kind of event the notification is going to be about. From there, there are any number of additional details someone could be asked to provide, but one key element is telling recipients what they should do or what kind of impact the weather is having. You may want to ask them to seek shelter or announce that your organization is closing. This will be determined by the type of event and its severity. While Command Center is designed as an easy to use way to launch notifications, some training may still be required for people to know what information is appropriate to include.

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Finally, you’ll want to select which groups will receive the notification. Depending on the policies your organization develops, this can be preselected to alert an entire organization. However, in some cases, it may be prudent to select a smaller group or only send alerts to certain building or particular devices. In the event of any kind of emergency, it’s important that your message reaches the right audience, so no one misses a critical safety alert.

Monitor CAP Feeds

In some instances, organizations have advanced warning about severe weather, but sometimes it can happen suddenly, like in the case of a tornado or flash flood. If your organization is in an area susceptible to these kinds of events, we recommend setting up automatically triggered mass notifications from monitored Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) feeds. InformaCast can be configured to monitor CAP feeds from the National Weather Service and trigger alerts based on specific criteria such as keyword and location.

These alerts may only need to go to a select safety team who can then determine the best course of action for an event. It can also reach an entire organization if desired given the urgency of the approaching weather. Consider speed and reach and the other resources your organization has available to determine the best course of action.




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