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Public or private, senior leaders at organizations of all sizes and purposes routinely claim that people are their greatest asset. And yet, 80% or more of these companies and agencies do not have a process to account for personnel during and after an emergency.

Emergency equipment, such as weather radios, lightning detectors, horns, and strobe systems for fire alarms, is of limited use when supervisors and staff cannot be reached to inform them of what is happening, and what they are expected to do. The situation becomes even more complicated when the incident occurs at remote locations miles away from the home office, when staff members are traveling on business, or when key personnel are on vacation.

The first step in controlling a crisis begins with locating all staff and resources to ensure their safety and availability. By being proactive instead of reactive, organizations are much more likely to understand the impact of the crisis and direct resources as efficiently as possible to manage the situation. Pre-crisis planning, real-time actionable information, and tightly targeted emergency communications are how progressive organizations implement the strategic and tactical elements that are most likely to be effective.

This white paper discusses personnel accountability for commercial and government organizations of many types. It begins with a review of personnel accountability, and then describes how a carefully designed integration between personnel accountability and emergency communications software solutions provides a fast, effective solution to the personnel accountability challenge.