Share Flood Information Using Mass Notifications

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Flood Notifications

It might not be a top of mind concern, but according to AmericanRivers.org, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States in terms of the number of lives lost and property damage inflicted. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that a flood can happen anywhere in the country and be caused by a number of weather-related issues. Heavy rainfall is an obvious one, but snowmelt and hurricanes with high winds can also result in flooding.

Floods can damage roads and buildings, interrupt daily operations, cause closings, and put your people at risk if they happen suddenly. That’s why organizations need tools in place that keep their people informed about potential flooding, and shares updates about how flooding situations are being managed so they know when regular operations have resumed. In this blog post, we’ll go over how organizations can leverage mass notifications systems to share information about floods.

National Weather Service Alerts

One of the best ways to stay on top of potential flooding issues is by configuring your mass notification systems to monitor CAP feeds from the National Weather Service. With the right mass notification system, when the feed pushes out an alert that matches criteria for an event and area it will automatically trigger a message. You’ll likely have other weather events you want to monitor for, so be sure not to forget about flooding when setting up this feature. Each event can have a different message and group tied to it, so your message for flooding may be different than your message for tornadoes. Since flooding may happen in off-hours, you may only want to alert upper-level management and your facilities team to determine a curse of action before alerting the entire organization.

Internet of Things

Even with help from the National Weather Service though, flooding can be unpredictable and destructive. Power outages and flashfloods may not give your organization the benefit of advanced warning. However, with the right mass notification solution, you can connect to the Internet of Things and use contact closures to signal when areas come into contact with water. This can then trigger an alert which reaches the groups and devices that can help manage the situation. This is particularly helpful for areas like computer server rooms where floodwaters can be especially damaging.

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Reaching Your Whole Organization

Depending on the severity of the flooding, you may need to alert more than just upper-level managers and your facilities crew. In that case, you’ll want to leverage mobile and on-premises alerts to share information with members of your organization. This may be information about flooding or delays, or general safety information that tells them to avoid certain areas. Digital signage, SMS text messages, emails, phone calls and live audio announcements can all be used to communicate with your organization. You can also share helpful tips if flooding seems likely, like the National Weather Service’s “Turn Around Don’t Drown” philosophy when it comes to avoiding standing water.

For more information about using mass notification systems to prepare for and manage natural disasters, download our natural disaster eBook.

 

 

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