September 18, 2014

“In Case of Crisis” Mobile App Version Embraced by George Mason University

iPad desirulez dot netOur staff recently was informed of a new emergency and disaster preparedness free mobile app solution called the “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution.

The “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution —  created and developed by Irving Burton Associates (IBA) –allows institutions – e.g. educational, corporate, government or hospitality — convenient and secure access to emergency information with features such as easy-to-read instructional and building diagrams, one-tap key contact calling, and push notifications for updates/alerts and maps.

The app includes access to a library of 85 possible emergency event scenarios with templates and images or organizations can customize with their own event details. A dedicated client success team provides hands-on coaching and best practice tips for publishing emergency plans to mobile devices.

Additionally, the “In Case of Crisis”  mobile solution emergency and business continuity plans can be tailored to support the needs of each audience within any particular institution.

Chris Britton, General Manager of the “In Case of Crisis” mobile app service, sums up the benefits of this mobile app best when he states that this app “…..enables everyone to immediately know who to call, what to do, where to go….”  

George Mason University (GMU) — with more than 32,000 students, 800 acres, and four (4) separate campuses — recently joined a group of other organizations by rolling out its own version of the “In Case of Crisis” mobile app solution to students, faculty and staff to proactively better prepare this comprehensive university for specific emergency situations.

GMU recognizes that by leveraging the “In Case of Crisis” mobile app, your organization can begin to benefit within days of setup in at least the following ways:

•             Convenient access to emergency information with features such as diagrams, one-tap calling, push notifications, maps and more

•             Replacement of traditional paper-based flip-charts, laminated wallet cards or lengthy standard operating procedures

•             Speed and reliability of mobile devices

•             Improved efficiency by aligning event-specific information with contacts

•             Unlimited downloads and real-time updates

•             Peace of mind knowing your organization’s emergency information is within an arm’s reach

When you combine the popularity of smartphones with growing levels of media coverage of natural and man-made crisis situations it is hard not to realize the new reality (opportunity) that this mobile app presents for emergency management and disaster preparedness team members.

With this app, situation-based emergency procedures and instructions can be made available and accessible to more people when and where they need it than ever before.  This means saving lives, protecting resources and mitigating the effects of a crisis.

As Chris Burton, points out, “…...this mobile app is a purpose-built mobile emergency response and business continuity solution designed to allow organizations to publish their specific emergency procedures and instructions via an online portal to employees’, students’ and constituents’ Apple and Android mobile devices“.

With four editions including education, corporate, government and hospitality, the mobile app promotes organization and business continuity by offering mobile users current, actionable emergency guidance when and how they need it, regardless of connectivity.

“In Case of Crisis” is an Irving Burton Associates (IBA) mobile app service headquartered in Herndon, Va.

For more information, click here,

Click here for the iPhone version or click here for the Android version of this free mobile app.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those crisis and emergency management team members in your organization as well as in the community disaster response and incident response planning teams where you live.

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