Locating staff in an emergency
When an emergency situation arises, locating employees who may be affected is of the utmost importance to ensure their safety and resume business operations as quickly as possible. Companies have recognised the challenge of locating large workforces, particularly those working remotely, and have begun investigating appropriate solutions.
There has been an increasing demand for quick, easy to use tech-based solutions that allow businesses to instantly locate employees and reduce downtime. Fortunately, there are now solutions available on the market that can do just that by using geo-tracking to locate employees who are in the vicinity of an incident.
Ways to account for your remote employees during an emergency
In previous years, companies relied on traditional contact methods such as calling or texting employees to make sure they were safe during an emergency. However, these methods are incredibly time-consuming and often prove ineffective especially when signal is limited or employees are too busy to answer their phones. In the last few years, technological advances have altered the way companies are able to monitor and communicate with their employees.
As the saying goes, there is an app for everything and locating employees during an emergency is no exception. Mobile apps can be downloaded onto employee phones and used to locate and communicate with them when disaster strikes.
Many apps offer mass notification functionality, allowing the business to send out a message to all employees, alerting them to the incident.
However, more advanced apps such as IncidentEye allow employees to be segmented based on location for more accurate reporting and so that tailored messaging can be sent.
This work through the use of Geo-fencing. Geo-fencing, which is a fairly new service enabled by GPS, allows employers to monitor the whereabouts of employees within a defined location, thus focusing disaster management efforts only on those who need it. Geo-fencing allows businesses to save a considerable amount of time during an incident and avoids causing unnecessary panic to those who are not affected.
Communicating with employees during an emergency
In emergency situations, good communication with employees can prevent panic, reduce harm and allow for less downtime. It is important for employees to be aware of what has happened and where, how to react in such a situation and when they are safe to continue with work or to re-enter the affected area.
With geofencing, different messaging can then be sent to those within the incident zone and those who are close by with specific advice on how to respond. IncidentEye also prompts employees to specify whether they are safe or in danger if they are within the incident geo-zone so that messaging can be tailored further and assistance sent to those in need. For example, official government advice can be sent to those in an incident zone so they know how to keep safe, while those close to the zone could be warned to stay away.
Employee location tracking app for emergencies and crisis events – IncidentEye
IncidentEye is an incident management solution launched in 2018 in response to the growing number of terrorist and other emergency incidents that are affecting businesses in the UK and worldwide.
IncidentEye offers employees the satisfaction of knowing where the employees are when disaster strikes. The intuitive app has key features that help locate employees and offers a way of communicating with large teams simultaneously.
The app, which lies dormant on staff phones until an incident is triggered by their employer, uses location data to establish if any employees are in the danger zone and prompt them to check in safely. The app can then be used to communicate with affected staff, sharing up to date safety information and warning any near-by employees to avoid the area until the incident is resolved.
How does incidenteye work? Find out more on our website.