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Sandy Hook Elementary School
It is both a communications AND emergency management tool to provide real-time instructions and information to building occupants and visitors during an emergency event.
Tonotifypeople in a building, on a campus or a geographic area about an event …
Very Different Function of a Fire Alarm System
Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, issued post-incident report
Terrorists act - Khobar Towers Housing Complex, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Antiterrorism/Force Protection Standards developed by USAF
The Air Force petitioned NFPA to develop MNS standards
The military found that they could not use approved fire alarm systems for Mass Notification while remaining in full compliance with NFPA 72
Design and O&M: Mass Notification Systems
requires combination voice fire alarm and mass notification systems
Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings
The initial requirements for Mass Notification
CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION UNITS FOR MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
NFPA 72 – 2010
Coordination of the functions of a mass notification system with those of a fire alarm system is essential in order to provide effective communication in an emergency situation.How it Started
NFPA 72 – 2007
Allow for the use of fire alarm systems integrated with other systems
Provides guidance for the application, installation, location, performance, and maintenance of Mass Notification Systems
NEW Standards by UL. For systems to comply and provide MNEC with Highest priority.
Unified Facility Criteria
An in-building mass notification system shall include one or more of the following components:
(1) Autonomous control unit (ACU)
(2) Local operating console (LOC)
(3) Fire alarm control interface
(4) Notification appliance network
(5) Initiating devices
(6) Interface to other systems and alerting sources
These are the building blocks of MNEC
National Fire Protection Association
End of Line Device
Ambient Noise Compensation
LOC: Local Operation console
Logging, Scheduler, Universe-wide Paging, 3rd Party Interface, VoIP
Life Safety Interface
Placed in areas that have the ability to send Emergency Messages
Adjusts loudspeaker volume to compensate for variations in ambient noise
Facilitates global messaging functions
Monitored Parallel Control Outputs to Lamps and Sounders
Parallel Control Inputs from Fire detection System and Switches
Standards Compliant Fault and Alarm Indicators on Panel
Control Outputs via RS232 or Ethernet (TCP/IP) for future interconnect flexibility
Control Inputs via RS232 or Ethernet (TCP/IP) for future interconnect flexibility
Interfaces to an emergency or fire detection system in order to meet voice evacuation requirements.
Verifies the integrity of speaker cables between ACU and End of Line (EOL)
Pre-recorded messages from the ACU or live pages from the LOC go to:
ACU - 1
ACU - 2
Vision – What is the ultimate goal of the customer?
Functionality – What is the Emergency Response Plan?
Ease of Use – How will the ECS be used in Emergencies
Business Continuity – How does the ECS help with day to day efficiency?
Liability – How does MNEC make the customer compliant?
Perception – Means everything
Physical threats such as local, regional or terrorist-related disasters can severely threaten a company's bottom line.
Fire Alarms are Monitored and verified to be working as will Mass Notification Devices
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Department of Defense. (2008). Unified Facility Criteria (UFC), Design and O&M: Mass Notification Systems, Department of Defense, Washington DC
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UTC – EST. (2010). Mass Notification. Sarasota, Florida: EST Systems