Mass Notification in Multi-Building Settings: Why It Matters

The importance of Mass Notification and Emergency Communication Systems (MNEC) has  become much more apparent over the last several years.  Businesses, college campuses, schools, healthcare facilities, and other organizations in multi-building settings have all been juggling the balance between going back and forth from remote work and returning onsite.  Though there is much debate around whether being remote or onsite is better, the alternating work styles can create a lot of uncertainty and confusion.  However, those who haveintegrated an MNEC system to broadcast messages during emergency and non-emergency events have had positive experiences while navigating these shifting business practices.  The following are just a few ways MNEC systems can help in multi-building settings: 

Added Security 

Emergency situations range from big to small, but regardless of the severity, multi-building settings can improve campus security and streamline the communication process by utilizing a robust MNEC system that integrates with existing facility systems.  For example, whether a school needs to alert its district of a delay, closing or crisis, a mass notification system provides the ability to connect with all the students and staff in a quick, safe and even proactive manner. 

Additionally, schools may face increased issues as students have been removed from the exposure of threats on campus and in buildings due to the nature of being remote for so long.  In a recent study done by Campus Safety Magazine, “Experts warn we may see an increase in violence as schools reopen…Some students may be defiant or aggressive, or depending on their situations, in crisis when they return to the classroom.  Schools must be prepared to act quickly and keep our school communities safe in any situation.”¹ It is critical for schools to utilize a reliable and robust MNEC system now more than ever to provide the district’s stakeholders with a sense of reassurance when it comes to trusting that their safety is a top priority. 

Bridging the Gap 

When it comes to resolving communication breaks in emergency preparedness, healthcare facilities can bridge this gap by incorporating an MNEC system into their life-safety plan.  Healthcare workers have been working in overdrive mode since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Much of this strain stems from the challenges of coordinating emergency responses across various stakeholder groups. By integrating database management with an MNEC system, the combined solution itself can assist with alleviating added stress.  The ability to customize your MNEC system provides users the capabilities of setting up specific distribution lists depending on who exactly needs to be alerted.  In addition, the MNEC system encourages healthcare facilities to coordinate emergency responses and recover from them more effectively.  Predicting when an emergency situation will strike is not possible, but being prepared for communicating them is. 

Safety Is Top Priority 

Oeler Industries, Inc. recognizes the importance of creating a safe, comfortable, and productive environment.  Implementing an MNEC system into your safety plan takes that plan to the next level.  Our systems are designed to quickly and easily communicate to every person, smart device, desktop or other intelligent device.  When it comes to people’s safety, it is crucial that they not only receive the message, but also can hear and distinctly understand what is being communicated to them.  The message needs to be clear and include instructions on how to navigate the situation.  Our solutions are secure, impactful and create an effective life safety ecosystem for businesses, college campuses, schools, healthcare facilities, and organizations. Let us help you implement a system that allows you to be better prepared for any situation in an ever-changing world.