Historically, Public Address Systems have been the backbone of school communications - from bell schedules to fire alarms. Recently, with increasing needs for lockdown systems and the emergence of COVID-19, PA systems assume yet another integral role in school safety. It is this role which qualifies them for both ESSER funding and DOJ grants.
Like most technologies, public address systems have come a long way -- providing greater flexibility, control, and access. And yet, unlike other current technologies that accelerate the pace of obsolescence, the PA systems we install can often leverage existing infrastructure to minimize cost and disruption.
One lesser known application for ESSER Funding is public address systems. These mass notification systems which assist schools with safety and security help schools prepare for, respond to, and reduce COVID-19 transmission.
What are some important considerations in putting together a public address and mass notification system? The National Electrical Manufacturer's Association established some key parameters in its Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools, and we highlight those ideas here.
Do the words "public address system" seem old-school to you? Think again! Today's public address systems are essential, crisis communications, mass notification systems - mobile, hands-free, and flexible - woven into the fabric of a comprehensive communication program.