How to be Weather-Ready this Summer with Mass Notification

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Be Weather-Ready this Summer

Summer weather has the potential to put people and organizations at risk due to the variety of events that can impact safety. Thunderstorms, extreme heat, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and more can have adverse effects on people and property. The types of weather events and what kind of impact they have depends on your organization, its size, location, and type of facilities. With a wide range of events to prepare for, it’s important you understand which ones your organization is most likely to encounter. Each requires its own precautions and communications to keep people out of harm’s way. With the right tools in place, organizations can stay informed about approaching severe weather and clearly communicate preparedness plans for different events.

As an NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, Singlewire Software is committed to providing strategies and best practices for organizations to prepare for extreme weather. In this blog post, we’ll provide tips for using a mass notification system to keep people safe and informed so they can be weather-ready this summer.

Severe Weather Events

Regardless of what kind of severe weather your organization may experience, the National Weather Service encourages making and practicing preparedness plans. For tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes this may mean identifying a shelter area where people will be protected from high winds, lightning, and hail. It also means understanding the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch is issued when there is a possibility of a storm that people should be prepared for. A warning is when a storm is expected, and people should seek shelter.

High-intensity storms can often result in flooding. Floods can be particularly dangerous, especially for people that are in vehicles. The National Weather Service advises that people should never drive through flooded areas as vehicles-related incidents account for half of all flood fatalities.

The summer can also bring with it extreme heat that can cause people to become dehydrated, get sunburned, and other sun-related illnesses. It can also cause wildfires, droughts, and issues with air quality. Depending on your organization and its location, the severity of these issues may vary, but it’s important to understand how it may impact operations and the well-being of your people so you can provide resources that mitigate any negative impact these events may cause.

The National Weather Service offers multiple resources organizations can leverage to be weather-ready when faced with these and other critical events. Visit their website for tools and guides that can help your organizations prepare.

Weather-Ready with Mass Notification

Mass notification systems can help organizations prepare for, monitor, and send out alerts related to severe summer weather. With the right system, organizations can monitor CAP feeds from the National Weather Service to automatically trigger alerts when severe weather approaches a particular geographic area. When an alert is triggered it can reach everyone in an organization or a specific group that can assess the situation and determine next steps. Messages can be sent to as text, audio, and images to IP phones, IP speakers, desktop computers, digital signage, mobile devices, and more. The more channels your organization leverages, the more likely it is that people see messages quickly and take appropriate actions.

Following the distribution of a notification, key stakeholders can be gathered in a virtual space to conduct ongoing incident management. Severe storms can cause heavy damage which may require organizations to close or change hours of operation. Using tools like Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams integrated with a mass notification system can help quickly bring together the right people who can assess the situation and make decisions about next steps.

Following a severe weather event, leaders can also send out mass notifications asking for a response from recipients to check and see if they are safe or need assistance. This helps ensure everyone is ok following a potentially dangerous event. With strong knowledge about emergency events and powerful communication tools, your organization can become weather-ready this summer.

 

 

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