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Enhance Business Continuity With a Critical Communications System

Emergency events can occur in schools, healthcare institutions, government organizations and corporations across any industry. Severe weather, mental health issues, workplace violence and other crises often disrupt operations and cause severe financial consequences. According to one report, each minute of downtime costs a company $9,000.

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Mitigate Threats to People and Productivity

Empower and Protect Workers

Send Emergency Notifications

  • Target specific groups or locations
  • Avoid disrupting work in unaffected locations
  • Keep temporary visitors informed during a crisis

Improve Crisis Response

Support Efficient Recovery

  • Eliminate redundant communications during a crisis
  • Share announcements and HR policy information
  • Request status and availability updates from workers

Crisis-related disruptions can have several additional consequences, impacting community relations, threatening a company’s reputation, limiting a school’s ability to teach students, reducing workforce morale or impacting care procedures in a healthcare facility. Prolonged outages and closures can have severe financial effects that impact employees, customers and shareholders. It’s vital for businesses, schools and organizations to build emergency response and recovery plans that mitigate the potential consequences of crisis situations.

There are many aspects to business continuity planning, from figuring out how to reduce threats to improving response and recovery procedures that will lessen the time it takes to return to normal operations. The details of a business continuity plan will vary between corporations, schools and other organizations, but the core principles are the same: reducing the immediate and long-term impacts of crisis events on operations.

Communication is foundational to an organization’s ability to recover from a crisis. Managers and administrators must have a reliable way to alert employees of emergencies and provide them with critical instructions. Incident managers have to access essential documents quickly and coordinate with external entities (e.g., law enforcement and first responders). Rave Mobile Safety offers a range of critical communication and collaboration solutions designed to support business continuity for schools, corporations and organizations of all sizes.

Communication Solutions Facilitate Fast, Effective Emergency Response

Business continuity is all about responding to and recovering from crisis situations, and communication plays a critical role in both. A reliable, robust mass notification system enables administrators to keep employees and stakeholders informed during emergencies and daily operations. Multichannel messaging ensures that on- and off-site recipients receive alerts via voice, email, text, social media and more.

A comprehensive communications system is vital during recovery operations as well. Two-way communication tools keep managers in touch with their team members to provide critical information and request status updates. Executives can use internal communications systems to collaborate on public statements and customer interactions. Strong, cohesive messaging encourages trust and builds a strong reputation.

Improve Crisis Response and Recovery With a Comprehensive Notification System

Multilingual Mass Notifications

Allow every recipient to choose their preferred language for alerts; Rave automatically translates messages into over 60 languages.

Targeted Multichannel Messages

Avoid confusion and alert fatigue by sending messages to targeted groups based on role, geographic location or team.

Polls and Two-Way Communications

Simplify recovery procedures by giving managers tools to monitor the health, morale and availability of their team members via mobile-based messaging and polls.

Opt-in/Opt-out Functionality

Provide visitors and temporary staff with emergency alerts without adding them to permanent contact databases.

Mobile Panic Button Apps

Support safety by allowing employees, managers and students to immediately report an emergency and initiate response protocols via an easy-to-use mobile app.

Crisis Management

Improve coordination between security, incident managers, 9-1-1 and first responders, reducing response time.

Anonymous/Preventative Tips

Mitigate potential threats by giving students, employees and visitors the ability to report suspicious behavior, safety violations, compliance issues or bullying.

Automated Task Management

Reduce errors and redundant efforts with a comprehensive task management system that can automatically make lists, assign tasks, track progress and adapt to changing conditions and goals.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Give incident managers and security personnel a secure online repository where they can develop, store and access emergency plans and documents from anywhere.

Selecting Communication Features That Enhance Business Continuity

There are several factors to consider when choosing a communications system to support operational continuity. Reliability is crucial; an emergency communications system should be available during crises, including power and IT outages.

It’s also vital to assess functionality during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Using mass notifications after a crisis supports a fast and efficient recovery, and preventative features (e.g., anonymous tips) can reduce the risk of workplace violence and other human-caused emergencies.


Improve Situational Awareness

Reducing the timeframe of emergency situations promotes the continuity of operations and minimizes the risk of harm and financial loss. Give students, employees and administrators access to mobile-based reporting tools, encouraging them to notice potential dangers and notify designated authorities of a threat or imminent emergency.


Send Mass Notifications

On-site alarms and PA announcements don’t reach remote workers, parents or off-site security personnel. Multi-modal mass notifications use several channels (e.g., email, desktop notifications, digital signage, voice, social media and SMS text) to notify recipients anywhere. Managers can prevent off-site recipients from arriving at the scene of a crisis. When the situation is resolved, administrators can update recipients so they know they can return to work.


Create Comprehensive Emergency Plans

Emergency documentation supports effective response and recovery efforts. Incident collaboration tools allow administrators to create safety plans for every type of crisis and access them from anywhere. Crisis managers can easily review and update emergency documents following a drill or real-world event.


Support Collaborative Crisis Response

Give internal security personnel critical tools to manage response efforts. Comprehensive collaboration tools allow administrators to quickly share key resources (e.g., floor plans, facility information, egress routes and contact lists) with first responders and law enforcement officials. Administrators can request live-streamed video from eyewitnesses or personnel on-site and coordinate response activities with various agencies.


Reduce Alert Fatigue

Productivity suffers when employees continually get interrupted by emails, texts and other notifications, especially when those alerts don’t apply to them. Attention to critical messages are often missed when the community or audience is infiltrated with constant spam or irrelevant noise. Targeted notifications minimize alert fatigue and reduce unnecessary interruptions, so employees can remain focused but respond quickly to any targeted messages they receive.


Promote Internal Communications

Operational messages are crucial during crisis response and recovery operations. Strengthen internal communication with managers, employees and key stakeholders to reduce misinformation and panic. Connect with students, patients and employees during crises to verify their safety and give them instructions on returning to in-person operations.


Identify Gaps

Inadequate emergency procedures can prolong a crisis and threaten recovery, lengthening the time it takes to restart normal operations. Drills, tabletop exercises and After Action Reviews help administrators find potential problems in response protocols. Incident collaboration and communications simplify the process of identifying threats, creating solutions and deploying them in future drills and events.


Inform Remote Personnel

A robust communications solution limits the effects of unplanned outages and other emergencies. Administrators can support remote employees, and faculty can help students continue their studies at home. A mass notification system can also keep customers and shareholders apprised of ongoing situations and provide them with critical information and updates on recovery procedures.

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