Desktop Panic Button

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Many business owners are unsure about workplace safety and desktop panic buttons. Each workplace has different and unique threats. Many people are looking at a way to increase safety and security. It is extremely important that a response plan is in place in the event an intruder has made entry into the facility. Incident response is the most important part of workplace safety and security. The idea of a desktop panic button as a tool that can be used in conjunction with procedures that are designed to substantially reduce injury.

There are too many threats in all industries not to have a direct link to first responders. The bigger question is, what would be the best bang for the buck? Most threats start at the entrance of a facility, and that is where the immediate response can start as well. Many people are unsure of how a desktop panic button works since they vary. A technologically-advanced desktop panic button from CRS Notify helps lessen the chance of victimization. The CRS Notify program cuts out the middle man during an emergency when seconds matter the most.

Does installing desktop panic buttons require hard wiring?

In some cases, desktop panic buttons require hard wiring into the phone system. This usually requires a representative from the phone company coming out and running the wires. In the case of CRS Notify, you can have a “plug and play” desktop panic button. This means the desktop panic button can be plugged into a spare USB port of any computer and will work with an individual alert or panic system. The option of “plug and play” is a much better option for time, money, and efficiency. Unlike most desktop panic buttons on the market today, buttons from CRS Notify are also compatible with Mac.

Can desktop panic buttons make a phone call?

Yes! With CRS Notify, a phone call can be placed with the push of a button. The most important part of having a phone call placed is to ensure it goes directly to your local responders. A desktop panic button from CRS Notify with E911 integration can make a phone call to 911 at the very moment an alert is raised, cutting out the middleman when seconds matter the most.

Should I have a policy on the use of a desktop panic button? 

Yes! Try not to be specific as to what would or would not constitute an emergency, and try not to get too situational. Make sure the policy clearly distinguishes ideas of what could be considered an emergency and what wouldn’t be. The policy could be something as simple as any situation that is (or potentially) life threatening. This will make it clear that whenever the panic is broadcasted that an emergency is underway and response tactics need to be deployed.

Where should I put desktop panic buttons in my facility?

This is difficult to narrow down since each institution and industry faces different situations or threats. At face value, try to put a desktop panic button from CRS Notify near all entry points and in areas that are more prone to outbursts. The most important thing is to get first responders notified as soon as possible while ensuring staff is alerted and responding accordingly.

Hopefully, these few topics gave you enough information to make a viable decision on what is best for your facility. Remember, everyone knows there’s a problem, so focusing on solutions deserves more attention. Unfortunately, there isn’t a foolproof plan to ensure there won’t be an injury. However, there are ways to have you and your staff respond to ongoing crises that can substantially reduce the opportunity for harm.

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