Mass emergency notification solutions for schools are communication platforms through which system administrators can alert students, parents and faculty personnel to emergency situations, keep them informed throughout the emergencies, and advise them when the situations have been resolved.
In many scenarios, a system of mass emergency notification for schools from Rave Mobile Safety can help save lives by providing timely warnings of impending danger. However, having an advanced communication system in place can have benefit for the day-to-day operations of the college or university.
How Mass Emergency Notification Solutions for Schools Work
Mass emergency notification solutions for schools work by a system administrator first gaining access to the Rave Alert mass notification platform. The platform can send alerts via a comprehensive choice of communication channels (voice, SMS, email, social media, CAP, RSS, etc.), and – as the Rave Alert platform is web-based – can be operated from any device with an Internet connection.
Depending on the policy of the college or university, the contact details of students and faculty personnel can be autoloaded into the platform; or individuals in the campus community can be invited to opt into the system of mass emergency notification for schools by texting a dedicated keyword to a shortcode number. Parents should also be given the option of opting into the system.
Because Rave Mobile Safety’s emergency notification system can easily integrate with the college or university student information system (SIS), students are given the opportunity to edit their details via a school-branded web portal. Contacts can select their preferred emergency notification channel(s), record any mobility issues, health conditions, or special needs, and have the option to join specific groups if they wish to be notified by the system about non-emergency events such as school activities or parent meetings.
Then, when an emergency situation occurs, administrators can quickly and simultaneously warn every contact in the database of the risk of danger. Throughout the emergency, updates can be provided about the latest developments, and – when the situation is resolved – an all clear message can be sent. As the majority of communication channels are two-way, administrators can also receive and respond to messages from those in need of help or concerned parents.
Segmenting a System of Mass Emergency Notification for Schools
There are two reasons for segmenting a system of mass emergency notification for schools. The first is to advise a specific group of contacts about an emergency situation. For example, if a fire were to start in one faculty building, it may only be necessary to evacuate the contacts in that faculty building and not the entire database. The second purpose is to benefit the day-to-day operation of the faculty.
There are many different non-emergency scenarios in which a system of mass emergency notification for schools can benefit the day-to-day operation of the faculty. Joining groups to be advised of school activities or parent meetings was mentioned previously, and different groups can be set up to advise of school closures due to inclement weather, or new books arriving in the school library.
Setting up groups within mass emergency notification solutions for schools is straightforward. System administrators assign keywords to each group they want to create, and then invite contacts to text the keyword to a shortcode number. This process results in only those who wish to be informed of school activities receiving notifications and prevents the scenario in which contacts opt out of the system of mass emergency notification for schools due to receiving too many irrelevant messages.
Administrators also have the ability to assign individual contacts to different groups. For example, it may be a good idea to create a group of teachers that have medical training to seek help in the event of a non-emergency medical situation. Safeguards exist to ensure that contacts in multiple groups do not receive the same message multiple times through the same channel of communication, while Rave´s platform monitors how many of the messages have been delivered and read.
Find Out More about Mass Emergency Notification Solutions for Schools
Mass emergency notification solutions for schools from Rave Mobile Safety send the right message to the right people at the right time and are proven to save lives in multiple use cases. The solutions are easy to set up, operate and maintain, and they “cut through the noise” to deliver important messages to contacts wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
If you are a school safety officer who would like to be better prepared and able to communicate more effectively before, during and after an emergency, do not hesitate to contact us and request a no-obligation demo of our mass emergency notification solutions for schools in action. Alternatively, contact our Customer Support team with any questions you have about how best to keep safe the people you have a duty of care to protect.