Most of us read the news on a daily basis. There are more violent crimes and terrorist attacks in the news than anything else. Not just in the United States, but in other countries as well. That is a scary revelation in my opinion. Just the thought that an ordinary day at the office could quickly turn into a day the world will never forget. That is what makes panic buttons for safety and security the way to go.
During 9/11, Not one single victim of that tragedy ever thought that on September 11, 2001, their lives would be ended by a terrorist. Since then, many companies have been taking initiatives to provide a more secure workplace for their employees, but is it enough?
Community Response Systems was built on the fact that ordinary traditional panic buttons are no longer a viable security measure. Many security products have moved into the 21st century using the advancements of technology as their base. We thought the panic button should be one of them. Granted, there are no save all security products out there. However, there are a lot of advanced tools that can be used in sync with each other to create a more secure environment.
Violent crimes are at the forefront of today’s society. Many people feel unsafe doing the same mundane tasks of several years ago. Panic buttons can help give people peace of mind just in case a critical situation may arise.
Panic Buttons Over Traditional Notification Systems?
Traditional notification systems often become outdated relatively quickly. These types of notification systems can be rather expensive to install. The construction alone can disrupt daily activities and decrease productivity within your facility. Furthermore, these traditional panic buttons do not offer free system updates or rapid mass notification. These small details could leave you with a system that renders your facility vulnerable.
Meanwhile, panic buttons are most often able to adapt to your security needs. Panic buttons, when incorporated into an active crisis incident response plan can save lives. Also, these wireless panic button programs are always evolving, while striving to increase workplace safety. A security panic button program is rather inexpensive, which will not drain your company budget. Saving money is always a plus for every company.
Does Technology Offer Solutions for Panic Buttons?
Yes! Technology has caught up and revolutionized the way people respond to situations. The increase in global in domestic terrorism creates a clear and imminent need to have panic buttons. People believe mobile apps are the cure-all for these types of situations. However, an app is not solely the best option. Think about if there was an emergency. Would you have time to find your phone, open it, and locate the app to raise a panic? Phone app panic buttons focus more on individuals rather than buildings and people inside. The key for an effective panic button for offices is to lower the notification time to responders and to integrate internal and external notification. Integrating internal and external notification means that it notifies everyone within the office while alerting responders at the same time. Internal and external notification should be merged into the push of a button.
How Do Panic Buttons Notify First Responders?
This type of notification varies from company to company. Most traditional panic buttons are directed to the local 911 center for that business. Unfortunately, the phone calls through the old school panic buttons can take a couple of minutes. Many phone apps and computer-based panic buttons have to get local first responders or 911 centers on board to start any notification. We built the CRS Notify system to make an E911 call to local first responders and ten automated voice calls to any responders you wish. Responders will receive notifications with the locations name, address, and alert topic when the button is initiated.
In closing, panic buttons can be used in just about every industry – everything from schools, churches, gas stations, everything. Businesses that are physically isolated are also good candidates for panic buttons. According to OSHA, nearly 2 million American workers reported being a victim of workplace violence each year. No one is immune to workplace violence; panic buttons will help decrease the odds of becoming a victim.
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