Threat Assessments, a Main Ingredient for Facility Security

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Tips on How to Write Threat Assessments & Mitigate Risk

Threat assessments “provide a guidance framework to develop and implement the mitigation measures that would be necessary and appropriate to the identified threats to” a facility. – Thomas Bullock III, Law Enforcement Specialist with VML Insurance.*

Threat assessments are an invaluable part of security for any facility and by not performing a threat assessment on a regular basis you are leaving your facility vulnerable to ever changing threats. Some form of threat assessment should be performed annually, even if it’s just re-assessing, but a new threat assessment should be performed every other year. Read More

Rapid Responder Customer Forums Frequently Asked Questions

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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Rapid Responder Forums is available for current users to connect with other users from across the country, share unique ways to use the system, stay up-to-date on recent upgrades, and an additional way to connect with our support team. Rapid Responder users will find a variety of threads to post to and read from, which will cover system updates, the Emergency Response Interface, the Administrative Interface, mobile apps, and tips and tricks. A feature requests thread is also available for customers to submit ideas and needs for future system updates

So what are the most commonly asked questions about our forums?

What types of topics can I find in Rapid Responder Forums.

Users will find information on topics like, the mobile app’s that are offered, the two different types of interfaces (Emergency Response and Administrative), and drills and events. Read More

Your School Surroundings, Are They Cause for Concern?

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What Surrounds Your School Should Dictate Your Critical Response Plans

Is your school near a government building, or maybe a chemical plant? Schools must be aware of what surrounds them as it could affect the types of emergencies schools need to prepare for, and Critical Response Plans for School Surroundingsthe type of critical response plans they build to mitigate risk associated with their surroundings.

The risks that come with having your facility near plants with dangerous chemicals is obvious, chemical spills, but you may not realize the dangers that come with being near a government building. For instance an angry protestor could wish to cause harm, sending your school into lockdown. These are just a couple of potential dangers that might surround your facility. Also consider busy or main streets or intersections that could have collisions and block your facility’s entrance and exits. Read More

The Weatherperson Isn’t Always Right

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Preparing Your Place of Worship & Congregation for Adverse Weather

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Have you ever walked into a place on a cloudy day, and when you come out, it’s pouring rain? The weather tends to have a mind of its own, no matter what the weatherperson might tell you. Adverse weather can happen at any time and in any place, including during a church service. A winter morning can turn into a winter wonderland before the service is over, and a summer storm might cause flash flooding. The good news however, is most weather conditions can be planned for and risk can be mitigated in a timely manner with preparation. Read More

Public School Safety vs. Private School Safety

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Is One Safer Than the Other?

public schoolPublic school or private school? Which is safer? Many parents wish of sending their children to private school where class sizes are smaller, books are newer, and the focus is on more than test scores. But is private school any safer than public school? Many people believe private schools are safer and more secure for their children than public schools; however, some studies have shown that private schools do not put as much funding toward safety and security, creating a less safe environment and giving people a false hope. Read More

Keeping Youth Safe on Church Trips

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Simple Ways to Account for Student’s & Ensure Everyone stays Safe

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There are several safety issues that surround each child during a trip and child safety is the most critical aspect to any place of worship outing that involves students. Here are some tips on how you can keep youth safe while still having fun on a church trip.

Accountability

The adults that supervise and chaperone the trips are the first line of defense for ensuring safety for everyone attending. Accountability can only be successful if the adult to child ratio is correct, meaning there should only be a certain number of children assigned to each adult. Each chaperone should know their children’s first and last names, and any medical concerns that they may have. It is also important that chaperones have the cell phone numbers of those they are responsible for, so they have a way to easily contact them if concerns arise over accountability. Read More

Guest Post: Eric Holdeman, Blogger for Emergency Management Magazine

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Planning, Preparing & Actively Working Toward Safer Schools

eric holdemanPlanning plays a key role in the preparedness process. All-hazards planning is the best avenue to take with some special precautions for specific hazards like a workplace violence event. With the unfortunate circumstances we are faced with these days, having written plans for how to handle an active shooter incident, to include lockdown procedures, is one key aspect; however, plans are not enough. School staff, including teachers, administrators and facility and support staff need to understand their roles. Orientation sessions for staff is critical so they understand the plan. After planning and preparing, announced and unannounced drills should be scheduled so both students and staff are familiar with how to react as safely as possible. Drills also provide “muscle” memory for everyone. These physical rehearsals with all people participating is a great way to provide a calm atmosphere when there is a dangerous incident ongoing. Read More

How Rapid Responder Meets the Needs of your Place of Worship

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Your Needs, Our System, Let’s Compare

Rapid ResponderPlaces of worship have many needs from serving their community to holding weekly services and consistently seeking out volunteers for different positions, but their needs do not stop there. Places of worship have unique safety and security needs for their congregation, visitors, and facility. Below are some common safety and security needs for most churches, and ways that Rapid Responder helps to effortlessly meet those needs.

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Emergency Procedures: A Theater’s Hidden Safety Gem

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Learn How Writing Emergency Procedures Prepares Your Movie Theater for Incidents

We know that up-to-date and well written emergency procedures are critical for schools, but they are also critical to safety at movie theaters. No matter how large or small a cinema is, it is a public place where many people gather in a confined area, making it a soft target, thus the need for well written emergency procedures.

So, what should your cinema’s emergency procedures include? The key areas that are cause for major concern are fires and weather. Fire evacuation plans should include a list of steps take to safely and quickly evacuate all moviegoers and staff. Emergency plans for weather should include procedures for a variety of scenarios including flash flooding and tornadoes. Power outages are also likely to happen at some point in your cinema, so ensure you write your plans for how to respond to power outages, including time frames, reimbursements, and employee response. Read More

Considerations to Make Before Implementing Hospital Security

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Throughput, Training, and Service & How They Can Make Security Ineffective

Many healthcare facilities are constantly evaluating and considering security options that are the most up-to-date and offer industry leading technology. They may be considering installing turnstiles for access control, implementing ID badges for verification, or even retina scanners that match a person. Even the most inclusive systems though have their downfalls if considerations are not taken into account. Throughput, training, and service are all categories that must be well researched and considered before hospital security upgrades can be made or updated in your healthcare facility. Read More