DSC Tech Library
This section of our technical library presents information and documentation relating to Emergency Broadcasting Systems and Disaster Recovery Applications.
Should an emergency arise in your community, our 911 broadcast service can deliver large volumes of calls quickly using thousands of phone lines simultaneously. In the event of a blizzard, wild fire or devastating flood, your community can be notified quickly given specific instructions if an evacuation is required using our emergency broadcasting service. If a dangerous chemical spill occurs in your community, you can target specific areas to call. If a severe snow storm hits your area, your community can be notified of school closings or event cancellations.
The following article relates to emergency broadcasting and how it is used in various communities today. This information was obtained from the internet with attribution to the author and/or community.
ALBANY COUNTY UNVEILS NEW EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
System Will be Available to all Local Municipalities,
16,2003--Albany County Executive Mike Breslin
and Sheriff James Campbell, together with Majority Leader Frank Commisso
and other members of the County Legislature, today unveiled an emergency
notification system that will quickly alert citizens or emergency
personnel by telephone of impending or in-progress emergency situations.
The Albany County Community Emergency Support System (ACCESS)
automatically contacts first responders, crisis action teams and
communities-at-risk to deliver incident-specific information or
“The system was purchased in order to help the County prepare for and
respond to emergency situations, such as chemical spills or bio-terror
attacks,” Breslin said. “But the Sheriff and I recognized that ACCESS had
a great many uses and would be particularly helpful to our municipalities
and their police departments. We decided to make it available to them at
no charge, not only to save our communities the costs of purchasing a
similar system, but in order to help promote inter-jurisdictional
cooperation between all our public safety forces.”
Sheriff Campbell said “Emergencies and crisis situations are totally
unpredictable and without warning. With each situation, timing is crucial
and very critical. Communication during these periods must be accelerated
and accurate. The emergency notification system features address those
The system uses desktop mapping software to target notification areas,
including homes, businesses and schools in addition to preset databases
for notification of a large number of people within minutes. The system
processes up to 18,000 listed names and phone numbers per minute and
places 24 calls per minute.
"This will provide a valuable public safety tool in times of impending or
in-progress emergency situations,” Commisso said. “In addition to citizens
dialing 911 when there's trouble, the authorities will now be able to call
citizens in an emergency."
ACCESS confirms a message receipt, documents individual responses and
prints comprehensive reports detailing notification results. The system
features remote call-out activation, fax-on-demand, mass fax distribution
and can run multiple, simultaneous scenarios. It involves easy activation
by multiple users, requiring passwords and PIN numbers.
The system can pinpoint calls to a single neighborhood, advising residents
of a missing child. Or, it can contact the residents of an entire town (or
much larger area) to warn them of a hazardous materials spill and provide
them with specific evacuation instructions.
Police departments across the country have used this system to quickly
mobilize staff, locate missing people, prevent and solve crimes, issue
safety and weather advisories and inform the media and the public of
possible or ongoing emergencies.