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Unified system notifies base personnel during emergencies

US Marine Corps News

By Mike Harris | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014 -- AtHoc is a 'Mass Notification and Warning System" capability that allows the Marine Corps to meet the mandated procurement of a state-of-the-art system directed by the Secretary of Defense.

This requirement is based on "Protecting the Force: Lessons Learned from Fort Hood," which is the Department of Defense Independent Review of the Fort Hood Mass Casualty event in November 2009.

During a crisis event aboard the installation, AtHoc unifies the emergency notification process into a single system across the NMCI/HP enterprise network by providing instant network alerting to computer desktops (pop-up messages displayed on the computer screen), and mass telephone alerting to government desktop phones (automated voice message) and text messaging to all government cellular devices.

This technology enhances response time and assures consistency of emergency notification to all employees, both civilian and military. AtHoc will be integrated with the base's single mass notification capability of exterior towers with speakers (Giant Voice) and building interior speakers (Little Voice).

To activate AtHoc, civilian and military personnel may choose individual management tools for enterprise network computer and phone workstations. This notification capability can be further enhanced by users for use with personal data and communication devices if they so desire.

Use of the system by bargaining unit employees is voluntary. Bargaining unit employees may register on a voluntary basis; non-bargaining unit employees and military should currently be registered or should register immediately.



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