ABC’s of Church Safety

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A Simple Plan to Increase Security for Your Church

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At a very young age we learned how to recite the alphabet and the first letters we learned were most likely A, B, C. We probably thought it was difficult to remember then, but the more we practiced, the easier it got. Church safety and security doesn’t have to be difficult either, even though it may seem like it is at first. All you have to do is have a starting point and work from there, the rest will come fairly easily with repetition and practice. Today we want to get you started on a simple path to church safety by presenting you with the ABC’s.

 

A – Access Points

B – Build Plans

C – Communicate

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Hutto ISD Implements Rapid Responder to Increase School Safety

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Hutto ISD Integrates Rapid Responder into Existing Safety & Security Protocols to Keep Students & Staff Safe

Hutto ISD recently finished implementing Rapid Responder, emergency preparedness and crisis management system, in all eight of their schools to better prepare and plan for potential emergencies on school grounds. After an incident 3 years ago, Hutto ISD took the action needed to enhance their holistic approach to school safety by looking for a system to not only aid in emergency preparedness but also further increase communications between school personnel and local first responders.

“At Hutto ISD, we do not compromise when it comes to Huttosafety. Rapid Responder is an important part of our safety plan, and it improves our ability to act quickly and more efficiently during crisis situations.” – Todd Robison, Public Information Officer, Hutto ISD

Read more about how Hutto Independent School District is increasing school safety with the use of Rapid Responder.

 

Prepared Response Sales Team Travels to MN & TX to Talk School Safety

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Here at Prepared Response, we have a dedicated sales team that travels all across the United States getting valuable and life-saving information into the hands of those who need it most, while also strengthening our company’s existing relationship with facility administrators and first responders in each state. This week our sales team is heading to Minnesota and then to Texas for school conferences. In Duluth, MN, our team is attending the Minnesota Association of School Administrators tradeshow and in Austin, TX they will be presenting at the Texas Association of School Administrators/ Texas Association of School Boards. Find out more about how our sales team caters to the needs of current and future customers. Read More

First Responder Series: The Takeaways

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first responderThis week we have heard from three different first responders. Our law enforcement first responder, Lt. Ziesemer, presented us with 3 things law enforcement first responders want us to know. Wednesday, Chief Harrell gave us a glimpse into the rewarding, yet taxing career as a fire first responder. And yesterday, Ryan Stanford, with over 11 years as an emergency medical services responder gave us 3 things that he as an EMS first responder wants the public to know. It is interesting to see the different aspects of these careers that we may not be aware of and simple ways that we can help our first responders. Read More

First Responder Series: Emergency Medical Services

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3 Things Your EMS First Responders Want You to Knowemergency medical services

Ryan Stanford, our guest blogger today from Virginia, has over 11 years’ experience as an emergency medical services first responder. He has shared some helpful tips for how the public can help when they respond to an emergency scene. When an EMS first responder is involved, tension is high and nerves are on edge, but it is important to remember these tips so we, and our loved ones have the best outcome possible, thanks to the knowledge of our EMS first responders. Read More

First Responder Series: Fire

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3 Things Your Fire First Responders Want You to KnowFire First Responder

Yesterday we brought you 3 things that your law enforcement first responders wanted you to know. Today, retired Division Chief Will Harrell, from the Columbia Fire Department has 3 things that he wants to tell you from his 26 years’ experience as a fire first responder:

  1. Like combat veterans, firefighters suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This comes from responding to multiple horrific incidents per year like fires and car accidents. I was a firefighter for 26 years and didn’t notice the evidence of PTSD until after retiring

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First Responder Series: Law Enforcement

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3 Things Your Law Enforcement First Responders Want You to Know

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Today starts our series for September, “3 Things your First Responders Want You to Know.” We are starting off with our law enforcement first responders and our guest blogger is Lt. Cliff Ziesemer with Thurston County Sheriff’s Office in Thurston County, WA.  In his many years in law enforcement, Lt. Ziesemer has come across some valuable tips that can help everyone. Today he is giving the public a firsthand look at 3 things that law enforcement want you to know. Read More

How Schools Are Preparing Through Drills

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Methods to Gain the Most From Your School Drills

drillsUnfortunately we live in a day and time that our schools must prepare for the most difficult emergency situations, including violent intruders and active shooters. Although it is hard to imagine that it would happen in our town, it is reassuring to know that schools are taking a proactive approach and preparing the best they can for these instances through different means, including drills. Today we want to give you some of those methods in order for you to gain the most knowledge and be proactive by implementing drills. Read More

How Your Mall Can Shrink the Bullseye

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5 Ways Malls Can Prepare for Emergencies

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Last week we explained some common soft targets for terrorist activity, and ways to prevent becoming a target through effective safety and security measures. Since shopping centers and malls are a common soft target, we want to hone in on them to provide ways for owners, property managers and security personnel to prepare for emergency situations. Malls can be hard to manage because of the open, free-flow nature and the amount of people that are present at any given time. Preparing for different types of emergency situations like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and active shooters, is imperative to the safety and security of visitors and property. Below are a 5 ways that you can effectively prepare to mitigate crisis situations in your mall or shopping center. Read More

Controlling Access Points for a Place of Worship

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Keep Visitors Safe While Providing an Open Atmosphere

Access points are the final building barrier for guests to pass through to reach your place of worship. They can sometimes be overlooked as a precaution to unsafe situations. Places of worship have a more difficult time securing access points because many of them keep their doors open to the public. Including doors and windows, do you know how many access points you have? What measures do you have in place to limit them if needed? These are good questions to ask yourself. Although you are trying to create a welcoming environment for your congregation and guests, you must also realize how leaving access points wide open can cause safety risks. Keep these tips in mind while balancing safety and a welcoming environment. Read More