Just one year after the devastating wrath brought on by Hurricane Katrina, another storm, Tropical Storm Ernesto, is headed for Florida.
The devastation of last years hurricane is still felt today as remembrance ceremonies take place across the country. Perhaps one of the most important realizations that have come about is the need for improved preparedness during these emergencies.
This is also true as we edge closer to the fifth anniversary of the terror that struck the nation on 9/11. In both cases, the issue of preparedness, and especially for emergency communications in unplanned situations, is vital.
Along with the potential for disaster to strike again, businesses and families are being told that the best way to brace for these unplanned situations is to be prepared.
In a bid to better help families and businesses prepare for emergencies, September is National Preparedness Month. This year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring the initiative, which will focus on raising public awareness about preparation and encouraging action.
Recognizing that emergency communications that are fast and effective are necessary in these situations, predictive dialers and auto dialers, when used, can get the necessary word out fast and efficiently.
With voice broadcasting services provided via a predictive dialer, calls are sent out quickly and instantly in emergencies and can be tailored to for each specific situation.
OPC Marketing, provider of predictive dialers, offers Emergency Operations SpitFire AutoDialer (ESOA) for the broadcast of emergency alerts and warning messages to a large number of people, quickly.
Predictive dialers and auto dialers provide an effective way to communicate quickly to phones and cell phones to warn residents of the dangers they face.
With a predictive dialer, alerts to first responders, government officials and those critical in these situations are possible.
Pre-recorded notifications such as detailed directions about where to go or not to go, how to get medical help, shelter and other safety instructions are all vital in these situations.
With predictive dialers and auto dialers, alerts can be targeted at specific neighborhoods being threatened to ensure that communities are properly notified and have the resources they need.
OPC Marketing's E.O.S.A. Dialing System provides emergency notification, alerts and warnings for the following situations:
-Medical Alerts/Health Warnings
-Tornado/ Storm Warnings
-Chemical/ biological disasters
As these and other unplanned situations continue to bring potential for an emergency each day, being prepared is critical. Businesses and families cannot risk waiting until the night of a storm to scurry to prepare--plan today for the emergencies that could occur tomorrow.
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