Minnesota Communities Invited to Learn About Rapid Responder

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Complimentary Webinar Showcasing Firsthand Experience & Rapid Responder Effectiveness

Prepared Response, Inc. is offering a complimentary webinar where attendees can expect to learn about Rapid Responder®, the industry leading emergency management and crisis response system. Minnesota communities and facilities will see how Rapid Responder increases their safety and security via a live demonstration, viewing features specific to the system. Jeff Trick, Carver County Deputy & SRO for SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative will give a firsthand user experience and explain how Rapid Responder has aided his district and community with crisis preparedness and efficient response time to any incident. Read More

12 Topics for Monthly Safety Meetings

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Keep Your Safety Team Engaged & Use All Meetings for Training & Educationsafety meetings

Sometimes the most difficult part of safety meetings and what makes them less than effective, is not knowing what to discuss. We always recommend having a safety meeting once a month, but sometimes, there aren’t any safety issues to discuss. When those instances occur, take the opportunity to discuss new topics, or for training. Today we are going to give you 12 ideas for topics that you can use this year in your monthly safety meetings. Read More

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

Campus Officers & Community Officers: More Alike than You’d Think

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Campus and community officers have many similarities in their jobs, and sometimes may even be colleagues. They both strive to keep their community safe, face many risks with every shift they work, and share similar leadership roles and responsibilities. Although thought of as different types of law enforcers, with differing job descriptions, they are actually quite similar and rely on each other to keep our communities and college campuses safe. Read More

How the Incident Command System Can Help Mitigate Organization Liability

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Housed within Rapid Responder® is the NIMS based Incident Command System (ICS), a standardized approach to command control during an emergency response. ICS is built to be an easy to use tab model which indicates all pertinent information about individual incidents or events that are created within a Rapid Responder site, including an event log, an overall summary, and communications between participants. Within ICS your entire response is electronically logged and time stamped, allowing for a real time evaluation to be able to improve upon and recognize working procedures. Read More

Polk County, MN Working to Increase Emergency Preparedness

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Polk County Sheriff takes the lead to increase emergency preparedness by supporting Rapid Responder®

On December 17th, Prepared Response, Inc., sponsored a Rapid Responder information event in Polk County MN, in coordination with Sheriff Barb Erdman to discuss how Rapid Responder increases county emergency preparedness. Jeff Hicks, National Account Executive for Prepared Response, shared with first responders, schools and other organizations how Rapid Responder facilitates the gathering, organizing, and distributing of emergency preparedness and response information, and how it ensures a quick and coordinated response to any emergency. Read More

Rapid Responder Customer Forums, the Newest Customer Engagement Option

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Forum Creates Increased Engagement Between Users & Adds an Additional Support Avenueforums

 

KIRKLAND, WA – DECEMBER 15, 2015 – Prepared Response, Inc.® has just announced their newest channel of customer engagement for Rapid Responder users by opening a new customer forum. Rapid Responder Forums is a place where end users can go to connect with other users, share unique ways to use the system, and use as an additional avenue for customer support. 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. Read More

Holiday Safety Tips

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Don’t be Caught Off Guard by Typical Holiday Incidents

The holidays, Christmas in particular, can bring unsafe conditions to anyone. From health related illness, which peaks during the Christmas season, to dangerous road conditions, and inclement weather, it is critical that we stay vigilant while enjoying the festivities. Today we want to give you a few tips that can increase the safety and security of yourself, your loved ones, and your assets this Christmas season, click through the tabs to see different ways that you can stay safe this season. Read More

Increase Your Situational Awareness

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Situational awareness is defined as,

“The ability to identify, process, and comprehend critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it is knowing what is going on around you.” *

Situational awareness is not just important for those in law enforcement, or the military, it is critical for all individuals to be aware of their surroundings for a number of safety and security reasons. Increasing your situational awareness may help you to notice a shoplifter, or may provide you with enough information to exit before an emergency occurs. Read More