Next-generation system includes two-way messaging to work and personal contacts via voice, SMS text and email
Preparis, Inc., the leading provider of integrated emergency preparedness software and services for businesses, today unveiled its newly enhanced emergency notification system. The existing two-way emergency messaging feature has been upgraded with next-generation capabilities enabling companies to alert their employees using work and personal contacts via voice, SMS text and/or email. The system also collects and sorts responses, allowing managers and Crisis Leaders to direct first responders and prioritize resource allocation.
The emergency messaging enhancements reflect a growing mobile trend and a need for companies to cater to a workforce that relies on personal devices and working on the go. Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that 80 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses already have employee-owned devices. IDC speculates that by 2013, 56 percent of all business smartphone shipments worldwide will be employee-owned.
“The recent earthquake in Virginia and Hurricane Irene have both demonstrated how important it is for companies to be able to communicate with their workforce using a variety of methods to ensure they get the message,” said Chief Product Officer for Preparis, Kevin O’Malley. “These enhancements will make it even easier for companies to notify and account for their workforce as quickly as possible in an emergency, and ultimately save lives.”
These emergency messaging capabilities are fully integrated into Preparis’ user-friendly emergency preparedness platform that also features online training and certification, expert analysis and threat response content, document management, planning tools and mobile apps, making it easier for businesses to keep all the tools they need in a crisis at their fingertips.