The State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification Service (SIREN) is a state-of-the-art electronic alerting system designed to efficiently and quickly notify designated individuals about emergency situations including natural disasters, network infrastructure outages, public health epidemics and warnings as well as day-to-day public safety warnings, information alerts and business notifications.
Developed and configured in conjunction with EMSystems and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), SIREN is supported and administered by the Bureau of Communication and Computer Services (BCCS) and will be available to all state agencies, boards and commissions. IDPH, being one of the primary subscribers to the service, uses SIREN as the system behind their Health Alert Network (HAN). This system allows for role-based alerting and delegated administration to give the customer the most flexibility possible in the way the system is used and administered. SIREN is web-based and is accessible via Internet Explorer. This eliminates the need for agencies to buy new equipment to utilize the service. SIREN is scalable for use by tens of thousands of users.