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Camp Fire Disaster, Butte County

17 Days

It was contained 17 days later

85 People

It killed at least 85 people

240 Square Miles

The area the fire consumed

$16.5 Billion

The total estimated damage

The Camp Fire, in 2018, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, and one of the deadliest wildfires in world history.

The fire erupted near Camp Fire Road in Butte County on Nov. 8, 2018.

By the time it was contained 17 days later, it had killed at least 85 people and consumed 240 square miles.

The total damage was estimated at $16.5 billion. As areas were being evacuated, homes and cars destroyed, and major institutions were threatened, officials and emergency responders scrambled to sound the alarm and respond everywhere they were needed.

Two Grave Scenarios Addressed by Rapid Response

Regroup Mass Notification has customers who were right in the danger zone. How our platform was used provides a glimpse on how communities, businesses and safety officials can use mass notifications when faced with an extraordinary emergency.

Butte College

THE COLLEGE IN OROVILLE, CALIFORNIA, USED REGROUP’S EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION ALERTS TO SHUT DOWN THE CAMPUS.

It evacuated students to keep them away from the deadly Camp Fire. As a result, the evacuated campus was able to be used as a much needed area for firefighters, their equipment and other first-response teams.

Enloe Medical Center

Doctors, nurses and other staffers at the Chico, California-based facility describe Nov. 8, 2018 as a blur of activity. About 300 people streamed into the emergency room doors on that day, as the nearby Feather River Medical Center was fully evacuated. Patients with critical needs had to be transferred, and fast.

REGROUP CUSTOMER ENLOE MEDICAL CENTER USED MASS NOTIFICATIONS TO CALL IN ADDITIONAL STAFF SUPPORT IMMEDIATELY.

THROUGHOUT THE REGION, AN ESTIMATED 52,000 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED DURING THE CAMP FIRE. BUTTE COLLEGE REPORTED THAT MORE THAN 870 STUDENTS AND ALMOST 140 EMPLOYEES LOST THEIR HOMES, AND HUNDRED MORE WERE DISPLACED AND STAYING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY. THE ENLOE MEDICAL CENTER REPORTED THAT 265 EMPLOYEES AND 20 DOCTORS AFFILIATED WITH THE CENTER LOST THEIR HOMES.

An Award-Winning Platform

REGROUP’S RESPONSE TO THE CAMP FIRE DISASTER WAS ONE OF THE REASONS IT WAS NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 ‘ASTORS’ HOMELAND SECURITY AWARDS PROGRAM. REGROUP WAS THE PLATINUM AWARD WINNER IN 2018.

Some additional emergency notification successes that were cited in the 2019 nomination process included:

  • PREVENTING A POTENTIAL SCHOOL SHOOTING AT PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE IN FLORIDA
  • ENABLING A RIPTIDE NOTIFICATION SERVICE FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS IN DARE COUNTY, N.C.
  • PARTICIPATION IN A SUCCESSFUL TEST OF AN EARLY-ALERT SYSTEM FOR EARTHQUAKES ON THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES

Whether the threats to communities are natural events, horrific disasters, or armed and dangerous humans, mass notifications give authorities powerful tools to keep people informed when they need it most, and when seconds count. Whether dangers are somewhat anticipated or wildly unexpected, a mass notification platform is a critical way to deliver necessary information.

Regroup Mass Notification – Key Features

Critical Alerts From Anywhere

As a mass notification administrator, you can almost instantly issue critical alerts and coordinate response efforts with multiple teams. From computers, smartphones, tablets and landlines, you’ll always be able to sound the alarm and reach people on any device.

Automated Critical Alerts

Accelerate delivery of emergency notifications and reduce the margin for human error by automating your emergency notification process. Regroup offers the ability to configure federal alerts from FEMA’s IPAWS system, NOAA and the National Weather Service to be automatically sent to your recipients. You can issue evacuation orders or instruct people to shelter-in-place, automatically, without any human intervention.

Unified Emergency Communications

When every second counts, you can rapidly transmit critical alerts to multiple communication channels simultaneously, including: phones, digital signage, PA systems, websites and social media — all with only two taps on our user-friendly interface.

TipSafe Incident Reporting

Encourage your contacts, witnesses, bystanders and other members of the public to report safety concerns or suspicious behavior, and provide on-the-scene information directly from their smartphones.

Two-Way Communications

Regroup’s enhanced replies functionality means you can ask for status updates or request responses through a variety of channels and recipients can respond quickly and easily from wherever they are.

Real-Time Analytics

Real-time analytics alert you to delivery failures of critical alerts, lack of response from your recipients and more, allowing you to take another course of action to reach everyone. Save valuable time and ensure recipients have the ability to take necessary steps to get out of harm’s way.

Our platform was built to be robust and reliable, for every device and application. Combine that with our training and 24-hour client support and it's easy to see why Regroup is the most trusted name in mass notification solutions.