Rapid Responder: From Past to Present

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How Rapid Responder Has Evolved into a Leading Technology

When it first began in 2000, Rapid Responder was equipped with the latest in technological advances like a mobile client, downloadable for PCs, ability to upload images and documents, and cameras that shot in 2-5 megapixels. The company behind the emergency preparedness technology, Prepared Response, Inc. had the ability to email floor plans to Blackberry’s and was compatible with ToughBooks in cars and command posts for responders. At the time, these things were highly technical and profound advances. Read More

Keeping Students Safe During Off Campus Events

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Don’t Risk Safety When Going Off Campus

School campuses are a natural safety concern in our society and after-school activities become an even bigger concern because of increased risk. However, taking students off campus is perhaps the biggest risk. off campusWith risk comes planning, so below are some ways you can keep students safe while attending off campus events.

Students leave school campus for many reasons. It may be field trips, band events, or sports teams when students travel. Whatever the reason may be, safety is a top concern when students are leaving campus on a school sponsored activity or trip. Read More

Risk Assessments in Your Place of Worship

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Take Risk Assessments Seriously for Mitigation

Whether there isn’t enough funding, resources, time, etc., risk assessments almost never reach their full potential in places of worship. However, when a crisis happens, churches are left to clean up the mess, spending much more time, money and resources to respond to the disaster than they would have implementing changes that were likely recommended on the assessment.

Howard Sklar, a contributor for Forbes made an excellent point when he said, “The first, most egregious, and most common failure is to consider the risk assessment as a document and not a process.” Instead of trying to check off a to-do list item by completing a risk assessment, look at it as more of a process in which the safety conversation continues and your congregation and visitors are safer and more secure. When we begin to consider something a process, we become more invested and give more time and effort into making it successful, effective and worth our time. Make risk assessments an ongoing process for continued and strategic mitigation in your church. Read More

Training is Not a Secret

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Comprehensive Training is Effective in All Aspects of Life

Fire prevention is not just important for firefighters, blood borne pathogen training is not just critical for nurses, and CPR and First Aid are important to more people than just medical emergency professionals. These are all real-life incidents which training can help prevent or mitigate from getting worse. Today we are going to help you open the dialogue about safety in your organization a, which in turn opens the dialogue about safety in your community, and give you tips on how you can implement comprehensive training. Read More

Rapid Responder Notify

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The App that Meets Needs for Every Organization

Owners, managers, and safety personnel cannot see every risk in a timely manner and count on their guests, visitors, or students to help keep an eye out for hazards around the facility. Rapid Responder Notify meets that need for your organization.

Rapid Responder Notify, a mobile App that accompanies the Rapid Responder platform, allows for two-way communication on a daily basis for any facility or organization. Using Notify sites have the ability to communicate important information like closures, severe weather, delayed start times, drills, or lockdowns while it was built for these semi-critical information sharing moments, it can also be used for friendly reminders. Read More

Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies

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Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation

Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies. Read More

Are you Ready for a Megaquake?

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A Look at How The Pacific Northwest is Preparing

Recently, the Seattle Times featured a story on “The Big One,” a phrase being used to describe an almost certain Cascadia megaquake and tsunami on the West Coast, but more specifically in the Pacific Northwest Region. The article talks in depth about the plans and preparations being made to respond to such a large-scale catastrophe that could hit at any moment. It is comforting to know our state and local government agencies are allocating resources to respond effectively to a natural disaster that will affect almost every person in the region. Below are some highlights and specifics from the article and how the drill will play out with nearly 6,000 participants. Read More

The Aftermath of a Traumatic Event

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The Campus Road to Recovery After Trauma

Unfortunately, we hear stories far too often of mass disasters, whether it be terrorist attacks, shootings or natural disasters, these events wreak havoc on those involved. If these instances happen at a place of higher education, the implications can be even more disastrous to victims, families, staff, and responders. Today, we are going to give you some tips to recover from a traumatic event at your college or university, in chronological order.

Prior to the Traumatic Event

You never want to think that your college or university is a target for one of these situations, but in all actuality, it is. By making preparations beforehand, you can get a head start and help to alleviate some chaos when a traumatic event does occur. Prior to a traumatic event, have a way to communicate with key personnel such as administrators, facility personnel, campus security, and responders. Communication is not enough though, training on how to use the communication channels properly and drills to prepare your staff are critical. Hold drills on things like active shooter scenarios, medical emergencies, tornadoes, or bomb threats. By using these tips to begin preparing before an incident, you will increase response time and make your response more efficient. Read More

Cost Effective Safety for Your Movie Theater

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risk assessments4 Tips to Cut Down on Security Costs

Movie theaters have faced a lot of criticism over safety and security protocols in the past few years, in part because the environment is so open with minimal access control and lack of a security mindset. Many theaters though have shifted their thinking and their procedures to include some additional safety features that help keep their moviegoers safe from harm.  Below are some ways you can increase theater safety on a budget by using some of the resources you may already have available and with low cost help like risk assessments.  Read More

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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Locating a Missing Patient at Your Hospital

It’s a normal day at your hospital, when you hear there is a patient missing from their assigned room, what do you do? Any missing person is a red flag, but the risk is even higher when a patient is missing from their hospital room. They are at risk of harm to themselves, others, not receiving their medications, and worrying their families. Today we are going to give you some procedures which should be part of your missing patient protocols in your hospital or smaller healthcare facility. Read More