At Zello, we are passionate about connecting people through voice communication. Our new emergency feature instantly connects workers in the field, on the road, and away from the desk when they need it most – in an emergency.
What are Emergency Alerts?
With Emergency Alerts, team members simply press a button to send an audio recording and their location with high priority to a designated emergency channel. This immediately shares the nature and location of any emergency to those that need to know.
Emergency Alerts keep your workforce safe, informed, and connected. This is especially powerful for organizations with lone workers, remote workers, and field workers. Through mass communication and geolocation sharing, employees quickly respond to and resolve critical events.
How Do Emergency Alerts Work?
Team members in distress press the emergency button, which is accessible from any talk screen. When the emergency button is pressed, Zello automatically:
- Records and sends a message to the emergency channel
- Sends the user’s location to the emergency channel
- Gives emergency messages priority over other messages until the crisis ends.
Once the initiator of the emergency is no longer in distress, they can dismiss the emergency alert. Everything that occurs on the app during an emergency is recorded, providing a valuable record of the events that transpired.
Why Use Emergency Alerts?
Push-to-talk capabilities are critical to workers who don’t sit at desks - those who work out in the field, spend time driving, or work on the manufacturing floor. These workers are sometimes in dangerous conditions and sometimes work alone. The responsibility falls on employers to keep their workers safe and provide them with a means to communicate in emergency situations. For example, California passed a law in 2018 that requires hotels to provide their workers with a panic button (Section 6403.7 of the Labor Code). Here are the top 5 reasons to use Emergency Alerts:
1. Your members are dispersed, work in dangerous conditions, or work alone.
2. Your team members require an efficient method of notifying everyone about the nature and location of an emergency.
3. Your emergency communication tool needs to work in critical conditions, like if power lines fail and only low bandwidth (2G) data networks or WiFi are available.
4. You need a special group of people to instantly receive notifications when any one on your team has an emergency.
5. You want to give your team members peace of mind, no matter where they’re located.
When to Use Emergency Alerts
Emergency Alerts are useful in any event when team members are at risk, including:
- Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods
- Equipment malfunction or user error
- Injuries and other urgent medical situations
- Release of hazardous substances
- Threats of violence
- When drivers or truckers have accidents on the road
- When security guards need backup during an escalating incident
- When a taxi or limo driver has a rider that becomes drunk, aggressive, or takes off without paying
How to Get Emergency Alerts
If you’re not already using Zello to communicate at work, request a demo to quickly get started.
Once you’re a Zello user, enable Emergency Alerts by logging in to your management console as an administrator and following these steps:
- Go to Settings > Common > Emergency button
- Select channel for emergency notifications
- Select how long the emergency button must be pressed
- Click Save and Apply
Emergency Alerts is an add-on feature that costs an additional $1.70 per month, per user. For more details, visit this support article.