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Vocal Launch New Warn and Inform Strategy in Milton Keynes

Learn how Vocal are delivering a multi-agency initiative in partnership with the local services to promote continuity awareness and information sharing on local issues.

Colchester, United Kingdom, June 29, 2012 --( Milton Keynes Council hosts ‘Alert’ seminar – bringing together civil authorities and businesses in times of increased security.

Milton Keynes becomes the second City in the UK to launch a series of seminars on a new ‘warn and inform strategy’ which sees the civil authorities partnering with local businesses to improve communications on events and incidents likely to cause disruption, at whatever level.

The seminar takes place on Thursday June 28 at Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes, from 10.00am.

Milton Keynes Council in partnership with Thames Valley Police will host the second of a series of seminars presented by Vocal – the award winning business continuity and communication specialists of priority alert services.

The ‘Warn and Inform’ solution, powered by Vocal’s iModus emergency notification system, successfully operates in a number of cities throughout the world. With a heightened level of security throughout the summer across the UK, civil authorities and businesses are having to work even more closely together to ensure security and safety.

The service will enable Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police to send emergency messages to and from the system to subscribers by pager, email and text message. The information provided by the council and the police may cover a broad range from planned events or disruptive protests, to fires, major utility disruptions, possible criminal or terrorist incidents.

Thames Valley Police Superintendant, Barry Halliday said, “The safety of those who live and work in central Milton Keynes is a very important issue and one which is taken seriously by the emergency services, council and the business sector.” He adds, “We are working towards ensuring the resilience of central Milton Keynes by ensuring those who spend much of their time here are familiar with the arrangements that could save lives and minimise disruption.”

The alert system is not just for large corporate and multinationals. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to attend the seminar, every organisation from sole traders to representatives from large global corporations. Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Managing Director – Vocal, adds, “For the authorities and business leaders in Milton Keynes to come together and make others aware of how important the issues and solutions are, is a massive step in ensuring they have the best ‘warn and inform solution’ available.”

Leader of Milton Keynes Council, Andrew Geary, commented “Effective planning prior to an emergency is essential if we are to minimise the disruption to our city centre.” The plan can also be viewed at

The ‘Warn and Inform’ programme has two solutions. The ‘iContinuity’ solution is free and gives businesses and residents a simple tool suite with on-going advice and provides an email only alert service. The ‘priority alerts’ solution is business focused and is a subscription service that provides ‘real time’ information from a variety of communication sources including sms, email and pager.

Vocal works with cities across the country to deliver successful iContinuity and Priority Alert Services. iModus helps over 1500 organisations globally, across both the public and private sector to communicate their messages.

Businesses and residents can register for free at:

Thursday’s seminar programme with speakers
Introduction | Superintendent Barry Halliday | Thames Valley Police
Mitigating the terrorist threat | Garth West | Counter Terrorism Security Advisor (Bucks), Thames Valley Police
The plan | Debra Mordecai | Emergency Planning Officer | and | Lucy Baker | Business Continuity Officer | Milton Keynes Council
Response and capabilities, Bowback House case study | David Norris | Head of Response Policy, Bucks Fire and Rescue Service
Getting the message | Natalie Cooper | Vocal Limited
Round up | Colin Fox | CEO Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce

For further information
Natalie Cooper
email | tel | 07525 401360
Contact Information
Vocal Ltd
Georgina Hammond
01206 443123

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