What Are Mass Notification Systems?

Mass Notification Systems

A mass notification system provides you with information and instructions about emergency conditions in a building, area site, or other space.

Khobar Towers - The Birthplace of Mass Notification
Khobar Towers - The Birthplace of Mass Notification
Source: Air Force News

The objective of a mass notification system is to protect life by indicating the existence of an emergency situation and instructing people what actions they should take through concise, accurate, timely, and well-directed messages.

MNS was coined after the Khobar Towers bombing of an American Military installation in 1996.

UFC Military Standard Definition

The UFC defines MNS as:

"Mass notification provides real-time information and instructions to people in a building, area, site, or installation using intelligible voice communications along with visible signals, text, and graphics, and possibly including tactile or other communication methods.

The purpose of mass notification is to protect life by indicating the existence of an emergency situation and instructing people of the necessary and appropriate response and action."

UL Standard Definition

The UL Standard for Communication and Control Units for Mass Notification Systems, UL 2572 defines Emergency Communication Systems / Mass Notification Systems as follows:

"A configuration of components and interfaces that are used to communicate information to occupants in a building, area site, or other space about emergency conditions.

Systems may consist of equipment that can reproduce live and recorded voice messages, tones and visual indicators such as strobe lights and visual displays."

NFPA 72 Definition

NFPA 72 defines MNS as:

"MNS is provided for the protection of life by indicating the existence of an emergency situation and instructing the occupants of the necessary and appropriate response and action.

A mass notification system is considered to be a system used to provide information and instructions to people in a building, area, site, or other space using intelligible voice communications and possibly including visible signals, text, graphics, tactile, or other communications methods."

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