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SELECTION AND CRITERIA FOR MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION. This chapter provides guidance for selecting a mass
notification system and specific criteria for each acceptable type of system.
SELECTING A MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Individual Building Mass Notification System. This system is intended for
mass notification in and around a single building. It may be connected into a base-wide
control system for mass notification when required by installation or theater
commanders. Figure 2-1 provides a block diagram to illustrate required components of
an individual building mass notification system.
4-2.1.1 Notification Appliance Network:
Use modular displays and speakers suitable for installation in
commercial/industrial applications with consideration of electrically hazardous
Provide display options capable of satisfying all Uniform Federal Accessibility
Standards (UFAS) and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
Use displays and speakers suitable for the intended climatic and environmental
Provide capability for interfacing with an existing public address system, if
applicable, in existing buildings.
Use strobes to alert the hearing-impaired. Care must be taken to meet strobe
visibility and synchronization requirements as listed in NFPA 72.
Use separate strobes from those used for the fire alarm system unless:
- An existing public address system is being used to provide the mass
notification capability, and
- The mass notification capability being provided is not being installed to
meet the requirements of UFC 4-010-01.
Strobes will be marked using the following criteria:
- For strobes shared by the mass notification system/fire alarm system,
existing strobes marked "FIRE" may remain in use. New strobes are to be
- For strobes used only by the mass notification system, use unmarked
Provide textual displays for notification of the emergency for hearing-impaired
Provide speakers and installation methods compliant with Director of Central
Intelligence Directive (DCID) 1/21, Manual for Physical Security Standards for
Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, for areas classified as sensitive
compartmented information facilities (SCIF).