When the committee investigated the current PA they found that, although it did have an Evacuation Alert, there was only 1 alert button and that was located next to the PA Amplifier. This raised a number of concerns:
- If the source of an incident requiring evacuation was located in the office area where the Evac Button and the PA system was located, the button may not be accessible.
- If an incident occurred anywhere within the school, someone would need to ring the school office to raise the alarm or physically go to the office to raise the alarm, both situations which would potentially create unacceptable delays.
- The community gymnasium located on the school grounds and extensively used for sports and PE during school hours was not connected to the school PA system and did not hear alerts.
- All of the above concerns also apply to any Lockdown alert system that might be deployed.
The AARC-EVAC receiver/message player PA input system in conjunction with a standalone receiver/message player were selected for recommendation to school council for the following key reasons, then later adopted and installed: