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Empower your community, government agencies, schools, and businesses by delivering the critical information needed, when it is needed – every time. Whether an emergency or informational update, send mass notifications or targeted messages in a matter of seconds across multiple channels to keep the people you care about informed and safe.

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Critical Communications to Keep Everyone Informed

Timely & Targeted Notifications

  • Deliver across multiple channels simultaneously
  • Target messages with location-based messaging
  • Engage in real-time with two-way communications

Easy to Use

  • Send messages in 3 clicks with intuitive interface
  • Be prepared with pre-built messaging templates
  • Connect with target audience in 60+ languages

User-Friendly Data Management

  • Easy to manage user administration
  • Quick to deploy with role-based access controls
  • Ready to integrate with other systems and devices

Proven Reliability & Performance

  • Service availability at 99.999%
  • Built on enterprise grade infrastructure
  • Trusted by over 8,000 customers worldwide

What Are the Uses of a Critical Communication System?

From state and local communities to colleges, universities and K–12  schools to healthcare facilities and corporations, everyone can use a critical communication solution to improve their critical and noncritical communication strategies to protect and inform their people.

Critical information can be sent out across multiple channels, whether audibly through voice calls, sirens or long-range acoustic devices (LRADs) or across mobile mass notification software in the form of SMS (Short Message Service), voice calls, email, desktop or social media. Providing assorted options and allowing individuals to choose how they prefer to receive communications increases the probability messages get through and people will have the situational awareness they need to stay safe.

What Are the Features and Benefits of Critical Communication Solutions?

Situational Awareness

Make sure people know what is going on around them so they can act during critical situations to stay safe and informed.

Mass Notifications

Ensure all the right people get the right message at the most critical times via multiple channels of communication, including text, email, social media and desktop alerts.

Targeted Messaging

Create subsets or groups of people based on location, role and more to reach them with specific resources, information or instruction without alerting the entire population.

Incident Management

Share critical resources on the go digitally to avoid people from having to fumble through stacks of paper or three-ring binders. Provide live video streaming, geo-referenced floor plans and shareable mapping capabilities that will allow complete visibility into every situation beyond the location, incident type and facility data.

Desktop Notification

Instantly deliver critical communications via desktop to reach people whether they are in the office or remote. Capture their attention immediately if their phones are in the other room or email is in the background.

Text to Opt-In

Enable contractors, parents, sports fans and other temporary guests to proactively sign up for alerts by texting a keyword to a short code, without being added to your database of record. Set up alerts for a specific timeframe and allow visitors to remove themselves from further notifications after they expire.

Panic Button Application

Use for everyday internal communications around minor medical accidents, security disruptions and administrative updates or trigger a one-click activation of an emergency to instantly connect with 9-1-1 telecommunicators, first responders and necessary personnel for an immediate response. Enable a comprehensive emergency response with immediate and simultaneous notifications to all appropriate parties and supply rich, enhanced data, including device location, facility information and type of activation. Deliver a map-based common operating picture of the situation with real-time, on-scene status checks on those impacted or updates to coordinate multiple responder agencies and identify the greatest areas of need. Provide total visibility into the history of activations and comply with any state and local regulations through drill management and reporting by school or district, date range and drill type. Guide through reunification with a shared view of progress, interactive role-based checklists, communication templates, automated reminders and a full audit trail.

Anonymous Alerting

Allow employees, community members, school staff and students to feel comfortable and confident when reaching out to security or local authorities that their tip will remain anonymous. Designated authorities can respond to any texts submitted in real time to collect additional information and details. Each report is logged for future viewing to help determine trends and incident patterns. Anonymous tip technology can increase engagement from your community and prevent them from withholding timely, critical information that will keep your community safe from threats, bullying, mental health concerns, drugs and more.

Automatic Polling Module

Solicit responses in real time through SMS, email and/or voice calls, all without an app to reach the people you want to reach and gather critical feedback about COVID symptoms, schedule or shift changes, or impacts of severe weather. Collect and organize their answers into high-quality reports, so you can analyze responses and take any necessary action.

How To Evaluate Critical Communication Solutions

Selecting a critical communication system does not have to be an all-or-nothing choice because many solutions are often designed for integration. For example, many emergency alarm systems are designed to be compatible with the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), an international standard format for emergency alerting which allows alerts created in one system to be disseminated across multiple compatible systems.

But before committing to one system for your community, it is advisable to benchmark the effectiveness of existing communication channels and determine the impact of adding to or replacing existing systems. Concerning emergency communication for companies, hospitals, schools, and communities, it is recommended to conduct a risk assessment to establish where gaps may exist in mitigating the risk of injury, property damage, and business disruption.

#1

Ease of Use for Everyone

Not everybody is comfortable with modern technology, attempting to use a “communications super-system” during a stressful emergency may be too much for some. Therefore, whatever system is chosen, it must be easily understandable for both administrators and end-users – ideally with the vendor providing on-site training and remote support around the clock.

#2

Multiple Channels of Communication

One of the faults with pagers is that only a limited number of characters are allowed per message. This can create problems when communities and organizations need to communicate detailed instructions, and why it is better to evaluate mass notification systems that support both short-form messaging (i.e., SMS) and long-form messaging (i.e., email or desktop). Furthermore, the more channels of communication the system supports, the higher the likelihood of an emergency alert being received.

#3

Integration with Existing Communications Systems

In many circumstances, organizations and communities have invested in partial communication systems (i.e., digital signage) to improve messaging efficiency in their facilities and towns. Evaluating communication solutions like mass notification, panic buttons and anonymous alerting software that integrate with existing systems can enhance the efficiency of those systems and help communities and organizations become more compliant with legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the NFPA Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

#4

Support of FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal

FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. The goal declares the need for capabilities “to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” These risks include events, such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other man-made hazards, terrorist attacks and cyberattacks. The selection of a critical communication solution should assess the platform against these key areas.

#5

Distributed Recipient Mass Notification

Mass notification systems with distributed recipient mass notification capabilities are simply systems that enable databases to be segmented into groups according to users’ roles, locations, or other attributes. Database segmentation is essential for preventing sensitive emergency communications from being shared with the whole database. In non-emergency situations, database segmentation also enhances internal communications.

#6

SMS Opt-in/Opt-out

Having an additional SMS opt-in/opt-out facility enables visitors, temporary staff, and others to opt into the system to receive alerts, updates, and other important messages. This functionality works in a comparable way to retail SMS marketing and has no additional management overhead for administrators.

#7

An End-User Administration Portal

An end-user administration portal – which can be used to select non-emergency communication preferences – may seem like a non-essential extra, but it can help alleviate alert fatigue. By allowing people to select how they receive non-emergency communications, the number of messages being delivered by SMS is reduced, so when an emergency occurs – and an alert is sent by SMS – it is more likely to be recognized as an important message that needs reading.

Why Rave Critical Communication Solutions?

Our integrated communication and collaboration platform works with existing communications infrastructure, enhancing clarity, reach and range without having to rip and replace. It also integrates with common emergency communication networks to allow first responders to communicate and coordinate during critical events without disrupting their workflow. Rave is purpose-built to provide timely and targeted communications and interconnect public, private and 9-1-1 response teams. Rave has been tested by thousands of cities, schools and organizations worldwide and is relied on to work every time.

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Rave Alertis the leading FedRAMP-authorized mass notification system enabling governments, organizations, higher education institutions and schools to send messages quickly and reliably in just three clicks across multiple modes of communication.

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Rave Collaborateensures all key resources can be easily found and key tasks are implemented when the unimaginable occurs. Staff can quickly see what needs to be done, make appropriate response decisions, and account for their actions. Prebuilt templates allow for timely and consistent communication to ensure clarity and direction during a critical event.

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Rave Panic Button from the moment is pushed,begins a workflow of communication from the initial seconds of an emergency through resolution. It provides complete control over incident management and collaboration to empower those impacted to be actively involved in ensuring the safety of themselves and those around them.

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Rave Notifier™ allows you to instantly deliver notifications via desktop to reach more people faster with integrated communications.

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Rave Guardian helps build positive and trustworthy relationships with your employees, students, faculty and staff by directly providing them with emergency assistance, two-way communications and resources. Rave Guardian will help healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, and businesses solicit more need-to-know information through discreet and anonymous tips, protect traveling community members with safety timers, and drive more engagement with geo-targeted notifications and two-way texting.

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Rave Prepare™ allows residents to submit personal information, such as the names of family members, addresses, the names of pets, medical history, medical equipment and other access or functional needs, through an online portal for emergency planning, response and recovery. During a disaster or catastrophic event, emergency managers can easily identify residents in need of assistance, communicate with them, and assign the appropriate resources to send help.

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