Ensuring Clear Communication is Critical in the Event of an Emergency
JENSEN HUGHES provides design, evaluation, and commissioning services for all types of mass notification and emergency communication systems. Our staff can fully analyze the various layers of mass notification that can be utilized, including in-building, wide area, and distributed recipient mass notification systems. Often these systems are integrated with one another to create a cohesive and reliable layered approach to mass notification. Starting with a risk analysis provides a solid basis on which to build such a layered approach, providing the required pathways for clear emergency communication. These systems require a customized approach to meet the needs of university and school campuses, business occupancy multi-building facilities and complexes, military and Department of Defense installations, and stadiums, airports, and other areas with heavily condensed populations. JENSEN HUGHES experts can provide the support needed to design a new mass notification system, evaluating or integrating existing systems, or commissioning a mass notification system.
In-Building Mass Notification Systems
In-building mass notification systems (MNS) can take a number of forms. A simple public address system may suffice for some types of emergencies. For other facilities an audio fire alarm system to provide emergency communication is appropriate. Some stakeholders require remote communication activation points throughout a building or even at a central location distant from the building itself.
The intent of an exterior wide area MNS is to notify people who may be in the area of a building or site of an emergency. University campuses, military installations, stadiums, and exterior athletic facilities all may need such a system. Wide area systems may vary from tone-only notification (i.e., a tornado siren) to intelligible spoken voice.
Distributed Recipient Mass Notification Systems
One of the latest technological advancements in emergency communication is the Distributed Recipient Mass Notification System (DRMNS), which NFPA 72 defines as a system meant to communicate directly to targeted individuals and groups that might not be in a contiguous area. These systems include short message service (SMS) text messaging, reverse 911, and network-centric enterprise systems. Such systems can provide emergency alert messages to a wide variety of digital devices, network devices and social networking platforms.
Message Content and Intelligibility
Communication is hardly effective if it is not clearly understood. Spoken voice systems must be designed and commissioned to provide audibility and intelligibility. Message content must be clear, simple, and effective. And all audiences, including the hearing impaired, must be able to act on the information they are given. Such a coordinated approach to emergency communications is key in protecting lives in the event of an emergency.
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