Selecting an Emergency Mass Notification System (EMNS): Buyer’s Guide for Higher Education

Health and safety events can quickly disrupt an institution’s operations and cause widespread confusion and fear. The most effective way to respond to these crises is by deploying an Emergency Mass Notification System (EMNS). Rapid, reliable broadcast notifications enable organizations to prevent, manage, and address emergencies by keeping community members informed of relevant hazards and resulting guidance

Emergency mass notification systems (EMNS) are one-way broadcast communication platforms designed to facilitate incident preparedness and response. They are widely used across organizations and institutions of all sizes. For example, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relies on wireless emergency alerts to inform the public about critical situations such as dangerous weather or missing children. Similar to an emergency notification system (ENS), an EMNS enables rapid, multi-channel messaging during crises. However, EMNS platforms are also designed to communicate non-emergent information, such as road closures, IT service alerting, business operations notifications, or COVID testing locations. Depending on the EMNS platform, these alerts may be sent via a mobile application push notification or using text, email, voice messaging, and more.

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