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January 11, 2013

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Fort McCoy to field the AtHoc, notification system

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.
IMAGE: AtHoc instructions

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 installation.

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 centers.

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 Security.)

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