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OVERVIEW OF MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
SCOPE. This chapter summarizes relevant DOD antiterrorism construction
standards, includes important definitions, and provides an overview of mass notification
systems. Typical implementation approaches are also described to clarify how a mass
notification system could be implemented.
DOD ANTITERRORISM STANDARDS
Introduction. UFC 4-010-01 specifies when mass notification capability must
Definitions. Refer to UFC 4-010-01 for the official definitions of terms used in
defining mass notification requirements. Additional information is provided in this UFC
on some of those terms.
2-2.2.1 Mass Notification. Mass notification is the capability to provide real-time
information to all building occupants or personnel in the immediate vicinity of a building
during emergency situations. To reduce the risk of mass casualties, there must be a
timely means to notify building occupants of threats and what should be done in
response to those threats. Pre-recorded and live voice emergency messages are
required by this UFC to provide this capability.
2-2.2.2 Inhabited Buildings. Mass notification capability is required for new
inhabited buildings. Most, but not all, DOD buildings will meet the criteria to be
considered an inhabited building.
2-2.2.3 Primary Gathering Buildings. Mass notification capability is required for
new primary gathering buildings, and for existing buildings with projects meeting the
replacement cost threshold specified in UFC 4-010-01. Primary gathering buildings are
inhabited buildings that are occupied by larger numbers of DOD personnel.
2-2.2.4 Billeting. Mass notification capability is required for new billeting buildings,
and for existing buildings with projects meeting the replacement cost threshold specified
in UFC 4-010-01. Billeting buildings are inhabited buildings that are used for sleeping by
unoccupied DOD personnel.
Applicability. See paragraph 1-3.2.
TYPES OF MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
Individual Building System
2-3.1.1 Autonomous Control Unit. An autonomous control unit is used to monitor
and control the notification appliance network and provide consoles for local operation.
Using a console, personnel in the building can initiate delivery of pre-recorded voice