After an extensive survey of more than 700 emergency management professionals, the Disaster Resource GUIDE and MIR3 are proud to announce the release of the 2016 Disaster Resource GUIDE Survey Report.
This year’s survey mostly included responses from organizations that already have an existing emergency management notification system (EMNS) in place, but a smaller number of respondents also reported they were investigating solutions for a new deployment.
The survey was designed to see how different organizations and individuals choose, deploy, and manage their emergency notification systems. In addition to collecting basic demographic information, the study sought information such as: which industries rely on mass notification most; what sizes of organizations are most likely to have a system in place; what features and functionality are most important to these organizations; if the typical EMNS integrates with other tools, applications or systems; and finally, how organizations research potential EMNS vendors.
Respondents included a broad range of users of more than 20 different solution providers. Most were professionals in the private sector across a number of industries, as well as emergency managers in various government and public sector organizations.
The survey was promoted to GUIDE readership, in the online GUIDE, and in a number of professional LinkedIn groups. In addition, several non-profit associations involved with business continuity and/or emergency management circulated the survey to their memberships.
We’re proud to sponsor the survey, and equally excited to share the results.
Not surprisingly, the most important factor in selecting an EMNS was reported to be usability. Clearly, in times of emergency, the ability to easily and quickly send a notification is paramount. Other selection factors were also reported.
Respondents also ranked the importance of various platform features, such as real-time reporting and integration or synchronization with other human resource or company databases.
Database size, notification capabilities, product pricing and overall satisfaction levels were also examined in the survey.
Respondents were also asked about cost structure, system integration, and drivers for acquiring an EMNS.
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