How Fast Can Your School Respond to an Emergency?

Safety at schools and campuses has been a growing public concern in recent years.

Natural disasters and critical situations on school campuses have caused a nationwide initiative to improve emergency preparedness and crisis-communication plans. Here in the U.S., federal regulations like the Clery Act have brought safety into much sharper focus.

Technology can help drive school and campus safety initiatives, by streamlining emergency communication processes and enabling staff and faculty to respond quickly when dangerous situations occur. For example, schools are increasingly adopting notification systems that allow them to communicate with students, parents, faculty and staff efficiently across multiple channels during emergencies.

According to a survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education, both educators and public safety respondents ranked video surveillance, access control and emergency notification (e.g., paging and intercom systems) as the top technologies for security and emergency technologies.

Avaya Notification Solution (ANS) is a Web-based communication tool that works with the Avaya communication platform to keep school and campus personnel, students, teachers, faculty, and staff informed when emergencies occur.

ANS helps in the era of mobility and social media where communication choices through Voice over IP, IM, SMS, Facebook and Twitter may be preferred.

Watch the following video for a demo on this solution, and how easily notifications can be triggered: