|All is well at 9:52 AM!|
The beacons are intended to warn about life threatening emergencies such as Tornados, Chemical Spills or Armed Intruders. They will not activate/sound during a fire alarm.
|Report a fire, receive information about (other) life-threatening emergency|
Could an emergency reporting capability, with a similar deterrent for misuse, be workable at the University of Regina?
The beacons provide a visual notification capability that the fire alarm system does not have, but the ENS beacons are not used during fires. Could the use of both systems add to the confusion in case of a fire? If the fire alarm system was used for other emergencies as well, could that create a different sort of confusion? Could it be a problem that the beacons take people out of classrooms to find out the nature of the emergency?
Alertus has desktop software that allows campus computers to receive emergency notifications. I have installed it on my computer, but is this software installed on all (smart) classroom computers? Getting back to the Amber Alert post on cooper.com, should an emergency notifcation systems also include mobile devices (non-desktop)? Should students register their cellphones to receive these messages on their phones?
It seems that these sorts of systems have come about recently in response to various tragedies in the States. There seem to be a few different approaches to emergency notification. Other alternatives I've found include e2campus and rave.
This discussion makes me wonder about the history of the development of current fire alarm systems. They represent an important piece of infrastructure on campus. Whereas I formerly only heard the alarm siren, I now hear crystal-clear announcements about what is going on and what to do. I wonder what will happen to these systems as the need to address a wide array of potential emergencies becomes more pressing.