Security staff testing employee emergency notification system

Last week, staff from the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center conducted a drill to test an emergency notification system for City-owned and leased buildings in the Downtown area.

The system, when fully operational, will be used to quickly warn employees about a security threat via automated calls and email messages. In case of an emergency or threatening situation, the message would instruct employees on actions to take for their personal safety. When the incident has been resolved or the emergency has passed, the same system would be used to give employees an "all clear" message.

The Aug. 10 drill was largely successful; however, there were a number of phones and computers that did not receive the Swift Reach Notification System test message. Currently, the cause of the failed messages is being investigated and the appropriate adjustments will be made to the notification system. Once the source of the problem has been addressed, another drill will be conducted to test whether the glitches have been resolved.

If you did not receive an email or phone message, there is no need to contact 911 or building security staff. The drill generated a report indicating which computers and phones did not receive the test message.

The drill, which was jointly organized by 911 and security staff from the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, involved these Downtown area buildings: City Hall, Public Service Center, City of Lakes, Crown Roller Mill, Flour Exchange, Tri-Tech and Towle buildings. Hennepin County conducted a simultaneous drill for employees who work in the Government Center and surrounding County facilities.

Aug. 17, 2011

Published Aug. 17, 2011