September is national Emergency Preparedness Month. It’s such an important topic for planners that we devoted a whole feature to creating action plans in the event of worst-case scenarios in our fall issue.
The new edition will be arriving in the coming weeks, and before it does we also have tips on setting up the best sound equipment for emergency preparedness, which is essential in order to maintain communication with a crowd and keep order in a crisis.
The following comes from AmpliVox Sound Systems, an award-winning Northbrook-based supplier with an extensive range of superior quality, simple to operate and reliable electronics perfect for situations that require immediate attention.
“Tips for Emergency Preparedness Month” from AmpliVox Sound Systems
When emergencies arise in crowded areas, the highest priority of first responders is to quickly move civilians to places of safety. Whether the emergency is related to accidents, natural causes, criminal activity or terrorist violence, panic and confusion in the crowd can greatly increase the risk of casualties.
When public safety is on the line, it is vital that law enforcement, fire departments and other emergency responders have the ability to clearly communicate with large groups of people on a moment’s notice. In establishing disaster preparedness plans, emergency personnel in all settings should have equipment on hand to guarantee that, whatever obstacles arise, communication lines will remain available.
Portable sound systems are an essential tool for these unpredictable public safety situations. AmpliVox offers a wide variety of systems to serve different functions, but one central purpose is common to all: providing reliable, grab-and-go communication to calm, direct and inform large groups of people in times of crisis. Specialized products serve the following functions:
- Coordinate communication from centralized authority with the Radio Hailer. AmpliVox developed its system for private security applications, initially for the investment firm Goldman Sachs, allowing management to coordinate safety communication from multiple locations around its New York City and Jersey City offices. Emergency leadership may need to direct response teams and civilians from remote locations. The Radio Hailer can provide closed communication networks to cover large areas, using two-way radios and radio-connected hailer speakers. Multiple speakers can be set up in seconds in locations up to a mile apart, allowing for the broadest communication coverage from a single command center.
- Keep powerful megaphones on hand for swift response. AmpliVox provides its to the American Red Cross to help disaster response teams coordinate emergency services. Megaphones pack a great deal of versatility and power into compact, portable units. These easy-to-use sound systems are ready for action when needed, even under harsh conditions. AmpliVox offers with lithium-ion batteries to reduce weight and provide long-lasting charges, whether in use or on the shelf. They can deliver voice coverage up to a mile, and also grab attention with on-board horn or siren functions. AmpliVox’s model features an integrated strobe signal light for added safety and visibility.
- Combine visual cues with audio support for maximum impact. In a chaotic evacuation, people will be looking for visible direction from authorities. Visibility can be greatly enhanced, even in dark or smoky situations, with simple tools like lighted traffic batons. AmpliVox’s innovative new S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines that visual support with an audio loudspeaker to guide people to safety. Useful in any traffic control or crowd management situation, this versatile product is especially helpful in emergencies.
- Use vehicles as mobile command stations. When covering large areas, AmpliVox’s roof-mounted sound systems on emergency vehicles provide the most mobile and effective means of communication. The features durable, powerful hailer loudspeakers that project voices for up to half a mile. They can be attached in minutes and powered directly from the vehicle.
Now more than ever, investing in reliable sound equipment must be a central part of any crisis management plan. For more information, visit .
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