Cisco Emergency Responder (Emergency Responder) is an emergency communication system that helps you respond to a crisis quickly and efficiently. When someone in your telephone network places an emergency call, Emergency Responder automatically notifies you and routes the call to the local public safety answering point (PSAP) operator. Using the extension that Emergency Responder provides, you can look up the location of the caller through the Emergency Responder User web interface. After you know the location of the caller, you can go to the site of the emergency, send help, or otherwise complete your company emergency response policy requirements.
Emergency Responder also maintains a record of emergency calls your system receives so that you can access this information later.
You must log in to Emergency Responder to view web alerts and obtain more information about an emergency call.
To log in to the Emergency Responder User web interface, follow these steps:
In your browser location field, enter the URL provided by your administrator. The main Emergency Responder web interface appears.
Choose Cisco ER User from the Navigation drop-down menu and click Go.
The Cisco Emergency Responder User Login window appears.
Enter your username and password and click Login. If you have trouble logging in, ask your administrator for your username and password.
The Emergency Call Alert window appears.
To exit the Emergency Responder User web interface from any window, choose the Logout link at the top of the window.
For help with using a feature on any Emergency Responder User window, choose Help > Help for this Screen.
Emergency Call Functionality
The following is a brief overview of what happens when someone places an emergency call:
Someone places an emergency call.
Emergency Responder receives the call and forwards it to the public safety answering point (PSAP) for your area.
At the same time, Emergency Responder calls you on your telephone, alerts you that an emergency call was placed, and provides you with the extension of the caller. Depending on how your administrator sets up your system, you might also receive an email message or an email window containing the caller extension, the Emergency Response Location (ERL) name, and the time of the emergency call.
Information about the emergency call also appears on the Emergency Call Alert window. This information includes the time and date of the emergency call, the extension of the caller, the caller’s alerting name, the ERL name, and the phone location. Additional details about the caller location, such as the complete physical address for the ERL and the port name, are displayed after you click on a call record. (The port name can be configured on the switch for a particular port.)
Emergency Responder displays the port name only for automatically tracked phones.
After you determine the location of the caller, you can respond to the call according to your company emergency response policy.
As soon as the caller places the emergency call, Emergency Responder refreshes the Emergency Call Alert window. If Emergency Responder cannot perform the real-time update for some reason (for example, because you are temporarily not connected to the server), the Emergency Call Alert window refreshes in 30 seconds.
Emergency Responder only provides you with the extension of the caller; you cannot listen to the actual emergency call.
Acknowledge Emergency Call
To acknowledge an emergency call means that:
You are taking responsibility to act according to your company emergency response policy on behalf of that call.
You understand that your policy might require you to go to the physical location of the caller, or it might require that you monitor the emergency situation by telephone.
You understand that when you acknowledge a call, Emergency Responder keeps an acknowledged call for 24 hours in the system. After 24 hours, Emergency Responder removes that call from the Emergency Call Alert window list and that the entry disappears from your Emergency Call Alert window and the Emergency Call Alert window of every on-site alert person in your system.
Unacknowledged calls are indicated by a red link. Acknowledged calls are indicated by a black link.
All security personnel (on-site alert personnel) who have access to the Emergency Responder User web interface see the same emergency calls on the Emergency Call Alert window. When you acknowledge a call, Emergency Responder removes the call from the list.
Even though the call record is removed from the list on the Emergency Call Alert window, Emergency Responder saves the information about the call. You can see information about an emergency call after it is acknowledged by viewing the call history. (For information about how to view the call history, see the View History of Emergency Calls.) You can also see detailed information about that caller location by looking up the phone extension. (For information about viewing details about a caller location, see the Emergency Call Information.)
Before You Begin
This procedure assumes that you are logged in to Emergency Responder and that the Emergency Call Alert window is displayed.
To display the Emergency Call Alert window from any page on the Emergency Responder User website, choose Web Alert.
To acknowledge an emergency call and remove the emergency call from the list, follow these steps:
On the Emergency Call Alert window, click ACKNOWLEDGE for the emergency call you want to acknowledge. A message appears and prompts you to confirm your acknowledgment.
Click OK. Emergency Responder refreshes the Emergency Call Alert window and the Emergency Call Alert window of every on-site alert person in your system, removing the call you just acknowledged.
Emergency Call Information
To respond to an emergency call, you might need more information than is displayed on the Emergency Call Alert window, or you might need to provide these details to law enforcement or other emergency personnel later (see the View History of Emergency Calls).
You can immediately see details about an emergency call by clicking on that call record on the Emergency Call Alert window.
Which details are shown, such as the street address and the three-digit area code, depends on how your system administrator has configured your system. These details are the same details that the PSAP operator sees.
While these details might not describe the exact physical location of the caller, they should describe the area from which the emergency call came. If you find that these details are not helpful in locating the emergency caller, talk to your system administrator.
The following table describes the fields you see after you click on a call record from the Emergency Call Alert window.
Table 1 Emergency Response Location Fields
Zone name that your system administrator has set for that call location.
Number from the postal street address for the building (for example, the 170 in 170 West Tasman Drive).
House Number Suffix
Number extension (such as /2) for the house number, if any.
Street name from the postal address for the building.
Type of street, such as AV for Avenue.
Leading directional indicator if the street name contains one, for example, N for North.
Trailing directional indicator if the street name contains one, for example, N for North.
Community name for the address, for example, a city, town, or district name.
two-digit state abbreviation.
three-digit area code of the main number associated with the calling number.
Subscriber name associated with the ERL, typically, your company name.
Class of Service
Class of service for the ERL.
Type of Service
Type of service for the ERL.
Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) exchange identifier for the serving telephone office for the phone.
Main Telephone No.
Main phone number associated with the ERL, such as the number of the security office for the ERL.
Service order number of the activity of establishing or updating this record.
Date on which the record is created.
County identification code for the zone (in the USA, the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code assigned to the county by the U.S. Census Bureau).
Your National Emergency Number Association (NENA)-registered company identification code.
Postal zip code for the address.
Zip Code Extension
Postal zip code plus four number.
Your customer code, which can be provided by your service provider if you do not know your code.
Optional comments, which might be displayed at the PSAP if an emergency call is placed from this ERL.
Longitude of the ERL.
Latitude of the ERL.
Elevation of the ERL.
Taxing area rate code.
Additional location information, in free form, to help identify the exact location of the phone.
For example, this information might repeat the street address that is defined in several separate fields elsewhere on this window.
Use Phone Search
If you need to see location details about a call after it is no longer visible on the Emergency Call Alert window, use the phone search to look up the extension. If you do not know the caller extension number, you can find it on the Call History window. For information about how to view a call history, see the View History of Emergency Calls.
Phone Search requires an exact number to be entered. The search allows E.164 Dial Plans , where the number is preceded by “+”.
If an emergency call is placed immediately after the Emergency Responder server is started, the caller location details might not be available right away. Results of a phone search using this caller extension say No matching phone for the given extension.
A caller might place an emergency call from one Emergency Response Location (ERL) and then immediately move to a different ERL. If Emergency Responder registers this move before you use the Phone Search feature, the phone search window displays the location details of the second ERL.
If you try to view location details for a phone that shares an extension, the phone search window displays details for all phones for that extension. To refine your search, click Select a phone to view details. Choose the phone whose details you want to view based on the Last Time of Emergency Call field.
To perform a phone search, follow these steps:
Choose Phone Search from the main menu. The Locate Phone by Extension window appears.
In the Phone Extension field, enter the extension of the caller about whom you want more information and click Find.
To return to the Emergency Call Alert window, choose Web Alert from the main menu.
Detailed information about the caller appears at the bottom of the window.
View History of Emergency Calls
Emergency Responder maintains history records for the 10,000 most recent emergency calls.
In some cases, you might need to provide recent call history information to law enforcement agencies or to other emergency personnel; this information might also be used for reporting purposes. For example, your company might need to determine whether it has enough security personnel (on-site alert personnel) to handle the average volume of emergency calls it receives over a period of time.
By maintaining a history of emergency calls, you can view details about how many emergency calls were placed on a date, from a caller, or that contain a specific keyword that describes the call. You can also enter or view additional information about an emergency call, such as the nature of the emergency or what was done, by accessing the Comments field of a call record.
To view call history, follow these steps:
Choose Call History from the main menu. The Call History window appears.
Use the drop-down lists and text field to enter specific call-search conditions. Click More to add conditions, or click Fewer to remove the last condition added.
If you specify more than one condition, make sure to select whether you want all or any of the conditions to be satisfied. For example, if you want to view all medical emergency calls that came from your company office in San Jose on July 6, your conditions might look like this:
Find Details of calls where all of the conditions are satisfied and where Date is 07/06/2003 and where ERL Name is Exactly SanJose Building and Comments contains medical.
Information appears about those calls that meet the specified search conditions.
If there is more information than can fit on one window, Emergency Responder uses more than one window to list the calls.
To see more information, click the links or enter a specific page number in the Page field and click the Page link.
To enter or modify comments about an emergency call, click the Edit Link in the Comments field for that call record.
The Call Details window appears.
Comments appear in the Comments About The Call field of the Call Details window:
If the comment is longer than the field, use the right and left arrow keys on your computer keyboard to scroll though the comment.
To add or modify a comment, enter the information and click Update.
To return a comment to its last saved value, click Reset.
Click Close to close the Call Details window.
Call History Fields
The following table describes the fields you see when you view a history of emergency calls.
Table 2 Call History Fields
Zone name that your system administrator has set for that call location.
Extension from which the emergency call is placed.
Alerting name configured on Unified CM for the caller.
Time that the emergency call is placed.
Date that the emergency call is placed.
Call-back number your PSAP operator uses to contact an emergency caller if the emergency call gets disconnected.
The location of the phone based on whether the phone is configured manually, or whether it is configured based on the switch port or IP subnet.
The acknowledged status of a call on the Web Alert window.
The ID of the user who acknowledged the call.
The time that the call is acknowledged.
The date that the call is acknowledged.
Field that contains an Edit Link that allows you to enter comments about the call. See View History of Emergency Calls for details about entering comments.
Emergency Responder maintains history records for the 10,000 most recent emergency calls. If you need to obtain call details for earlier emergency calls, ask your system administrator to provide this information. Your system administrator may have saved these records.
Cisco Emergency Responder provides functionality for users that allows them to access buttons on the window without using a mouse. These navigation shortcuts assist visually impaired or blind attendants to use the application.
Use the following table as a guide for navigating the interface by using keyboard shortcuts.
Table 3 Navigation Shortcuts for Cisco Emergency Responder
Moves focus to the browser menu bar.
Chooses the item with focus (menu option, button, and so on.)
Alt, arrow keys
Moves between browser menus.
Toggles control; for example, checks and unchecks a check box.
Moves focus to the next item in the tab order or to next control group.
Moves focus to the previous item or group in the tab order.
Moves among controls within a group.
Moves to the top of the window if more than one window of information exists. Also, moves to the beginning of a line of user-entered text.
Moves to the end of a line of user-entered text.
Moves to the bottom of the window if more than one window of information exists.