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Many experts believe there is no one magic solution to communicate to everyone in a crisis. They recommend having a mass text messaging system, an auto phone dialer, LED signs, loudspeakers, digital signage, web page postings, email distributions lists, alert beacons, and more. Now imagine the speed, effectiveness and convenience of all of these communication channels and others being controlled by ONE interface. Virginia Commonwealth University will explain how to achieve this new paradigm in mass communications. In this free 45-minute webinar, you will learn:

  • All the communication channels possible for emergency communication
  • Why having separate stove pipes (i.e. departments) responsible for each is dangerous
  • How to tie all disparate systems into one centralized interface
  • How to maximize this new paradigm
  • Question & Answer session with attendees to follow
SPEAKER Sam Kennedy Assistant Director, User Services Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia ""
HOST Steve Hardiman Webinar Moderator ""
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In February of 2008, a worker at Ferrum College spotted a man with a gun who then disappeared. The school immediately issued a lockdown using their emergency notification system. As police searched for the individual, the school sent multiple alerts throughout the day to ease the tensions of students, faculty and staff. In this free 45-minute webinar, learn:

  • What happened and how it unfolded
  • How they handled the situation
  • What students had to say about the day-long ordeal
  • What they would do differently
  • Question & Answer session with attendees to follow
SPEAKERS Lee King Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ferrum College, Virginia
Chip Phillips Director of Emergency Services and Safety Ferrum College, Virginia
Mary Alice Whisenant Director of Human Resources & Campus Safety Ferrum College, Virginia
Suzie Kelly Lead Designer, Public Relations Ferrum College, Virginia
HOST Steve Hardiman Webinar Moderator ""
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Penn State adopted an Emergency Notification System (ENS) during the summer of 2006 and has used it many times. This webinar will take a multifaceted view of the ENS paradigm and review all the aspects of implementing one. In this free 60-minute webinar, you will learn:

  • Considerations when selecting a notification vendor
  • Identifying who is authorized to send emergency alerts
  • Training your system users to send alerts
  • Developing your communications plan to roll out the system
  • The importance of testing
  • Type of alerts to send and when to send them
  • How to manage your dispatch center after an alert is sent
  • The importance of a joining a relevant user group
  • Question & Answer session with attendees to follow
SPEAKER Annemarie Mountz Assistant Director of Public Information Penn State University, Pennsylvania "Annemarie
HOST Steve Hardiman, Webinar Moderator ""
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In March of 2008, Millersville University police issued an All Points Bulletin (APB) for a wanted individual. They used their Emergency Notification System (ENS) to send the APB to the entire campus community. Within 15 minutes, the individual was found and apprehended. In this free 45-minute podcast, learn:

  • How Millersville University handled the situation
  • Why they decided to use their ENS
  • The content of the alerts and who received them
  • Discover what they would do differently
  • Question & Answer session with attendees to follow
SPEAKERS Janet Kacskos Director of Communications Millersville University, Pennsylvania ""
Dr. Aminta Breaux Vice President of Student Affairs Millersville University, Pennsylvania "Dr.
Pat Weidinger Director of Safety Millersville University, Pennsylvania "Weidinger"
HOST Steve Hardiman,  Moderator ""
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New Orlean's largest college tries to anticipate and mitigate the effects of Hurricane Gustav & Hurricane Ike. Learn how they prepared, what happened, and how they used emergency notifications to enhance their public safety efforts. In this exciting free 45-minute podcast, you will see and learn:

  • The challenges in communicating emergency information with a mobile student population across seven disparate campuses
  • The importance of pre-implementation planning and system testing
  • Selling the solution to college staff and students
  • Campus hurricane emergency procedures put to the test with Hurricane's Gustav & Ike
  • A layered approach to campus emergency procedures
  • Question & Answer session with attendees to follow
SPEAKER Thomas Lovince Chief Information Officer Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana
HOST Steve Hardiman,  Moderator
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