Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) and Mass Notification Systems (MNS)
Many experts believe that most of the newly installed fire alarm systems of the future will also include mass notification:
The reasons for including a voice component are fairly straightforward: it's no longer appropriate for a fire alarm system to only set off strobes and sirens indicating people in a building should evacuate. Now, these systems must be able to direct building occupants on what to do and where to go during a multitude of potential emergencies. For example, during an active shooter incident, campus officials might need to tell occupants to shelter in place. For a hurricane, the verbal instructions might be for students, staff, patients and visitors to move away from windows and into the building's interior or basement. Additionally, instructions might vary from building to building.
Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) and Mass Notification Systems (MNS) broadcast live, up-to-the minute emergency information to everyone in a building, campus, or multiple facilities spread across a city, state, even the globe, to help prevent injuries and save lives.
All Department of Defense (DoD) components are required to provide mass notification capability. This UFC (Unified Facilities Criteria) was developed by collecting and refining criteria from DoD antiterrorism guidance, examining previous mass notification system evaluation reports, and reviewing the capabilities of representative, commercially available mass notification products.
What System is Right for You?
The method of determining what should be installed or upgraded, however, should not be haphazard. An assessment and long-term plan are needed in order for a campus to select the most appropriate fire alarm system. MFS Systems can assist you in planning and deployment of your new or upgraded Mass Notification System.
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Emergency Communications Systems (ECS)