Completing a vulnerability and risk assessment provides security professionals with a scope of their current situation and enables them to develop a master plan that integrates protection systems, MNS and emergency action plans to address the needs of their facility.
With the cutting-edge technology available today, building a successful, effective and code-compliant Mass Notification System does not have to be a difficult endeavor and can be accomplished by starting with these steps:
1. Begin with a vulnerability and risk assessment.
2. Develop a Master Plan that integrates protection systems, Mass Notification Systems and Emergency Action Plans.
3. Implement the system on a phased basis.
4. Leverage existing systems and equipment.
Ted Milburn is vice president of Marketing for Cooper Notification.