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AmpliVox Recommends Sound Systems to Support Emergency Preparedness

Date: 2016-09-13
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The Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies recognize September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, encouraging all communities and organizations to plan ahead for crisis management. AmpliVox Sound Systems supports this initiative with recommendations for affordable, versatile sound systems that improve communication in the wake of any type of disaster.

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 responders to have on hand 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 [download pdf], which can provide closed communication networks to cover large areas, using MURS 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 offers rechargeable megaphones 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 S604R 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 [pictured, above] 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 S/SW312 Sound Cruiser [download pdf]  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.

These examples demonstrate the versatility and effectiveness that AmpliVox Sound Systems offer for emergency responders. Easy to use and ready to go, these emergency tools improve communication in any crowd control situation – which means improved safety for civilians as well as responders. Now more than ever, investing in reliable sound equipment must be a central part of any crisis management plan. For more information, visit ampli.com.

Visit www.ampli.com for more information.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Amplivox, 9/6/16)

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