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Ed Levy on the 2012 Global Alert Conference

Firestorm Expert Council Member Ed Levy presented at the 2012 Global Alert Conference, recently, and gives us his thoughts on the event.

Ed Levy Crisis Communication and SecurityEdward M. Levy is a seasoned and innovative, senior security executive with more than 29 years of experience leading people and complex organizations in the corporate and US Government sectors. Mr. Levy is the former Vice President, Global Head of Security for Thomson Reuters (NYSE/TSX: TRI), and he was the Director of Security for the Empire State Building. Read his full bio here.

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The 2012 Global Alert Conferencewas conducted at the Time Warner Center in New York City, hosted by Send Word Now.  Participants were represented by many corporate, government, and non-government organizations, with varying roles and responsibilities.  The common theme surrounded the importance of rapid, clear, consistent, authoritative, and traceable communications for emergency situations.

The rapid advancement in communications and speed of information, created a greater need for information management.  During consequential events, the momentum and multi-direction of information is almost instantaneous and can be overwhelming.  Companies and organizations have the task to compile information and succinctly communicate what is internally critical to further facilitate wider communications for internal and external stakeholders.         

The use of technology applications for crisis communications and mass notification provides companies and organizations a platform to deliver messages specific to their employees, leaders, customers, and other stakeholders.  

Mass notification systems provide the required technology that affords greater preparedness and targeted communications.

I had the opportunity to present on the subject of synchronizing crisis communications and described the significant value of a unified and interlaced crisis management/crisis communications construct, which extends beyond what is normally viewed as a non-binding notion of coordination or information sharing. 

Other parts of the presentation outlined a simple process for the intake, analysis, and communications of critical company information; crisis management organizational and infrastructure constructs; and the application of an “operational rhythm” to meet immediate and long-term organizational needs for crisis management and crisis communications.

The 2-day event was extremely productive from all the topics presented; introduced to new advancements in technology; learning new best practices; and networking with a superb group of professionals.

Were you there? What did you think of the Conference? Let us know in the comments.

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