what an emergency notification is

What Exactly is an Emergency Notification System?

We talk a lot about what an emergency notification system (ENS) can do for a business or organization around here, and why it’s such a necessary and critical system that all organizations need to have in place, often alongside a full incident management system (IMS). Today we want to take a brief step back and break it down to the simple basics – what IS an ENS? It may sound pretty self-explanatory, but there’s a lot that goes finding the right ENS. Not sure what we mean? Here is a little more information on exactly what you can expect an ENS to do for your organization, another look at why your organization needs it, and what your organization should be on the lookout for when finding the best system and solution for your organization’s needs.

What Does ENS Mean?

ENS, which stands for Emergency Notification System, is a way of facilitating or broadcasting critical information to a company’s employees, contractors, or visitors during a crisis or emergency situation. These messages can be sent to selected teams, groups, divisions, departments, or location-specific individuals.

It used to be a much simpler space. Some would even say that lighting fires to alert loved ones to danger well before electricity came onto the scene qualified as a primitive ENS. But nowadays, it’s about so much more than that.

In the last decade or so, mass notification systems have come a long way in helping put business continuity plans into action quickly, effectively, and with great impact.

Why Businesses Need it

Whether we like it or not, crises happen. Oftentimes, the onus of a crisis is entirely unexpected and completely out of your control as a businessowner or business continuity manager. Therefore, when the unexpected hits, you rarely have time to prepare – you need to be ready beforehand. That’s where a pre-existing emergency notification system comes in handy. With the right parameters and tags set, you can get the necessary information to all the needed parties. This kind of automatic, pre-programmed communicative ability is invaluable in times of crisis and catastrophe to keep your organization operating as smoothly as possible without serious downtime.

Finding the Right System for You

Of course, there’s a lot more than just ENS on the market these days. With robust incident management options out there, an all-encompassing solution will not only allow for emergency notifications to be sent out, but for full-scale business continuity plan implementation, cross-team communication, and multi-tiered management of your business operations, external communications, and information shared amongst key stakeholders from a single platform. With your needs in mind, and a customized solution to help your organization be fully prepared for its biggest threats, while leaving as little room for human error as possible.

That’s what we offer at MissionMode – from the classic ENS to full-scale incident management systems (IMS) with robust infrastructure built to suit your specific needs and scenarios, you can trust that our custom solutions will keep you covered every step of the way in even the worst of circumstances. Because you’ll already have enough on your plate when crisis strikes, why not have the peace of mind that your organization can get back to operational even if your team is unable to get to the office. Ready to learn more?

About MissionMode

MissionMode is the trusted leader in providing organizations with an effective and reliable emergency notification and incident management system specifically designed to handle your needs from end to end. The MissionMode Notification Center allows our clients to send quick and effective two-way multimodal notifications to employees during times of crisis. Our Situation Center acts as a virtual command center in times of crisis, helping your organization stay on track through both emergencies or more routine operations by enabling your team to effectively communicate and project manage incidents from onset to resolution.

From incident management to mass notification to interactive field communications, mobile control, integrated weather planning and more, MissionMode’s team of seasoned and certified emergency managers and business continuity practitioners are dedicated to being a partner in your company’s incident management and mass communication needs.