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A Crisis Situation Requires Action, Not Planning

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Jan 15, 2015 9:47:53 AM

Sony Pictures Provides A Perfect Example Why Corporations Need To Utilize A Mass Notification System: During last year’s unprecedented cyber attack, a Mass Notification System helped “disseminate information and calm fears” during a time with enormous uncertainty1.

We talk a lot about how being prepared can help mitigate our risks when unplanned and critical situations occur. But even the most prepared organizations, like mega corporation Sony Pictures, can find themselves in uncharted waters. That was the case shortly before Thanksgiving, when the movie studio suffered a cyber attack from, at the time, an unknown source.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, News, Pocketstop, Technology, Mass Notification System, RedFlag, Trending

The RedFlag Mass Notification System Keeps Participants and Others Informed at the 47th Annual Turkey Trot

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Dec 29, 2014 1:38:31 PM

For the second year in a row, Pocketstop has teamed up with the Dallas YMCA to provide RedFlag mass notification system alerts to participants, volunteers, spectators, family and friends of The Turkey Trot — Dallas’s Thanksgiving Day tradition.

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Topics: Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, Mobile, mobile, News, notification, Pocketstop, Social Media, Technology, Mass Notification System, RedFlag, SMS, Sports, Trending

3 Attributes Every Mass Notification System Should Have

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Dec 11, 2014 8:51:05 AM

Is your organization shopping around for a mass notification system this holiday season? This time of year certainly brings to light many needs for a well-functioning mass notification system.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, News, Pocketstop, Technology, Mass Notification System, RedFlag, Trending

Pocketstop Partners with the Dallas YMCA’s 47th Annual Turkey Trot to Keep Trotters Safe, Secure and Informed with the RedFlag Mass Notification System

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Nov 20, 2014 10:22:48 AM

Have you bought your turkey yet? Thanksgiving is nearly a week away! We’re not just excited because of the delicious food and good times with family and friends that is approaching, but we’re also ecstatic that the Dallas YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot will be utilizing the RedFlag mass notification system for the second year in a row.

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Topics: Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, Mobile, mobile, News, notification, Pocketstop, Technology, Turkey Trot, Mass Notification System, RedFlag, sms, SMS, Sports, Trending

Pocketstop’s RedFlag Mass Notification System Powers “Text Before You Trot” at the Dallas YMCA’s 47th Annual Turkey Trot

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Oct 24, 2014 4:17:25 PM

I can almost taste the stuffing and mashed potatoes… that’s right… it’s almost that time of year again for a Dallas Thanksgiving tradition — the Turkey Trot! The Turkey Trot is an annual 5K run/walk and 8 mile run held on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Dallas. Last year, Pocketstop was proud to partner with the Turkey Trot to offer race day participants mobile safety alerts via our RedFlag mass notification system.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, Mobile, News, Technology, Turkey Trot, Mass Notification System, Sports, Trending

The RedFlag Mass Notification System Solves Multiple Problems

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Oct 15, 2014 1:10:07 PM

It’s true. The RedFlag mass notification system is a communication solution. That’s our biggest selling point. The RedFlag mass notification system is designed to solve the biggest communication challenges business managers and owners deal with — and it is incredibly successful at doing so.

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Your Emergency Preparedness Plan: The Active Shooter

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Oct 9, 2014 10:52:07 AM

Pocketstop’s Mass Notification System Alerts People to Stay Away

In recent news, we’ve had to hear about the harsh reality of an active shooter in public places like shopping malls, schools and movie theaters. A quick Google search for “active shooter” retrieves nearly 5 million hits. It’s a hot topic out there in the world of creating an effective emergency preparedness plan.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, News, Technology, Mass Notification System, Trending

Four Reasons Why A Mass Notification System Should Be Part Of Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Oct 2, 2014 4:35:45 PM

When it comes to an organization’s emergency preparedness plan, often we become complacent in our preparations or succumb to the thought that “it won’t happen to me.” Unfortunately, disaster does not discriminate and all of us are as some risk for bad things happening. Emergency planning, a robust emergency preparedness plan and a mass notification system can help us mitigate the bad things that may just come our way.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, News, Technology, Mass Notification System, Trending

Understanding A Mass Notification System: Why You Need One

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Sep 25, 2014 11:43:15 AM

The odds are that your head of security can’t nail Detroit Rock City on Guitar Hero. And the odds are even greater that your Shopping Center will never experience a terrorist takeover. But it still begs the question, what if Paul Blart (you remember Paul from 2009’s comedy Mall Cop) had a Mass Notification System? Or even better still, what if Paul Blart was signed up to receive notifications from the Shopping Center where he worked? Perhaps all of the ensuing comedy in the movie could have been avoided. Certainly this would have made movie critics happy!

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Optimizing Crisis Communication In The First 24 Hours With A Mass Notification System

Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Sep 23, 2014 5:27:00 PM

A Mass Notification System Is Not A Stand Alone Solution; Users Must Train, Plan And Prepare For Crisis Communication Efforts

In an emergency situation, the first 24 hours are critical. Utilities may be out of service — no power, water, gas or phone service. And first responders such as police officers and firemen might be flooded with calls for help. These roadblocks make crisis communication efforts that much harder.

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Topics: Business, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Notification System, Emergency Preparedness Plan, News, Technology, Mass Notification System, Trending