|During January, the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort McCoy
will begin fielding the AtHoc Internal Mass Warning and Notification
System (IMWNS). The IMWNS will assist in alerting personnel in an
emergency situation, such as extreme weather or a man-made threat.
The AtHoc system will enable the Fort McCoy Garrison to meet the
established Installation Management Command emergency mass notification
requirements with an enterprise system to communicate fast and
efficiently with its military and civilian personnel.
The AtHoc system leverages existing computer and telephone network
services and employs a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver
fast, reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel
through multiple communications channels. This will be done from a
unified Web-based console, enabling the management of alerts across
multiple and redundant channels, such as cellular phones, landlines,
smart phones, text messaging and e-mail.
The use of the AtHoc IMWNS alerts will significantly increase the safety
of both civilian and military personnel who work and train at the
AtHoc will enhance the ability of both the Installation Emergency
Operations Center (IEOC) and the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES)
Dispatch Center to communicate quickly and effectively with garrison and
tenant agency personnel about threats that affect the installation.
Alert responses from recipients also will be captured and reported to
the DES Dispatch Center and the IEOC in real time to provide an
immediate accountability picture of all Fort McCoy personnel.
AtHoc is the leading provider of network-centric mass notification
systems to the U.S. military and currently is deployed at 185
installations in both the continental U.S. and overseas, protecting more
than 1.5 million personnel worldwide.
AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting geographically
dispersed organizations — major commands, regions and services — from a
private cloud application, hosted at internal Department of Defense data
When activated, use of the AtHoc IMWNS will be very simple to the
personnel serviced by the system.
Once the software client is installed on their system, users must ensure
their information is correct and complete in the system (see sidebar).
This action is performed at system activation and then quarterly to
ensure the system is able to contact the user in an emergency.
The entire update should not take more than three-five minutes per
quarter. Then the user will be properly configured to receive AtHoc
notifications on their desktop computer in the event of an emergency.
Additional information will be provided to garrison, tenant and agency
representatives, to the Protection Working Group and through follow-on
e-mails to the Fort McCoy Community.
(Submitted by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and