Supporting Martyn’s Law
It’s unpleasant to have to talk about terrorism but the fact is that such attacks happen, more often than not with the loss of innocent lives.
In the UK, there have been 15 such incidents in the last six years. But predicting them is notoriously difficult and once planned attacks are underway, the dangers to the public can quickly escalate.
A responsibility to protect the public
We’ve all heard of the attack at Manchester Arena in 2017 where 21 people died. In response and in a bid to ensure that public venues are better prepared in the event of a possible future attack, the Government has published a draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill (also known as Martyn’s Law or the Protect Duty) to help ensure that security is improved in public locations for the future.
The draft legislation currently states that venues will be required to “consider the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures.”
Although the bill has not yet been passed, many organisations are already looking to take this consideration into account and improve their own systems and processes ahead of time, ensuring that their staff are prepared and will know what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.
Of course, there will be various ways they will look to achieve this, but high on the list will be improving communication. After all, if people don’t know quickly that something is happening, they can’t act on it.
NetSupport Notify – perfect for emergencies
Some of NetSupport’s school customers use NetSupport Notify, our mass alerting tool, as part of their emergency plans.
In seconds, staff can send out alerts that take priority on recipients’ screens above everything else, so they can’t be ignored or saved for later. And with the ability to distribute messages to up to 10,000 screens across multiple sites, it can succeed where other forms of messaging fail, by allowing recipients to react quickly once a message is seen.
See how it can help your organisation
We will keep you posted on the progress of the Martyn’s Law legislation but, in the meantime, you can learn more about NetSupport Notify here.