School Safety Committee Series: Items to Discuss

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This morning we explained the roles and responsibilities of your safety team members and how adhering to those will help to increase the efficiency of a cohesive response. This afternoon, we want to give you a list of items that should be discussed at your committee meetings. These are guidelines and as such, should be tailored to meet the needs of your school safety team. Below are a few broad topics that should be discussed often at your safety committee meetings.

Funding Requests should be a topic that is opened often, if not every month for your meetings. During this time, members can request new items that they believe are needed to continue safety. Some examples of these requests might be: megaphones, two-way radios, vests, hand-held stop signs, and flashlights. Read More

School Safety Committee Series: Roles & Responsibilities of Members

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Yesterday, we started our series by discussing how school safety committees help to foster a safer and more secure learning environment. Today, we want to give you a to-do list for each role in the safety committee. It will outline their responsibilities that will lead to a more cohesive response to emergencies. First, it is important to remember the different members that should make up your committee: the principal, a counselor, the nurse, the school resource officer, a teacher, and the facilities coordinator. Each person has a specific role that they must perform and responsibilities that produce a unified response during emergencies.

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School Safety Committee Series: Safety Committee Overview

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Schools without effective safety committees miss the mark on rounding out a safe and secure learning environment for their students. Effective safety committees can help prevent unsafe conditions and provide efficient responses to emergencies when they arise. Committees can provide revision for current safety policies and procedures, help engage with your first responders and provide ongoing safety information to parents, staff and the community. If your school doesn’t have a safety committee, consider ways to create one and for established committees, think of ways to increase participation. By doing so, your efforts will help create a safer school environment.   Read More

School Resource Officers Work as a Safety Asset

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school resource officersSchool Resource Officers (SROs) are a safety and security asset that many schools utilize on a daily basis. They serve as a liaison for the school and the community and also provide counseling and positive interactions with students and staff. If you are unsure how a SRO effectively adds to the security of your school, consider these qualities that they typically offer.  Read More

Rapid Responder: Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked QuestionsMany times, people see Rapid Responder and wonder what exactly it is. Once they find out, a variety of other questions begin to surface about the product, the implementation and the maintenance of it. Today we want to take some time and answer some of the commonly asked questions about Rapid Responder.

We started by collecting questions from our operations and sales team who travel often and speak with many potential users. Here are some common questions and answers they often run into while speaking with customers and providing demos. Read More

What if? Is Your Place of Worship Prepared for the Unknown?

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We have heard the saying that there are two sides to every story, and usually there is a negative viewpoint and a positive viewpoint in most situations. Today, we are going to discuss, in depth how prepared your place of worship is for negative and positive interactions. How will you respond if there is an active shooter? How prepared are you for a large crowd at your next advertised event? These are two very different topics with very different outcomes, but without preparation and the ability to respond effectively, they both can be detrimental. Read More

Decrease Violent Incidents in Your Healthcare Facility

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Beaumont Hospital Troy Main CampusThe recent increase in workplace violence for healthcare facilities has led many hospitals to evaluate how their policies and procedures match up to the incidents that they are experiencing. Many have found that their policies are outdated and available resources are inadequate to provide the safest and securest work environment for employees. By identifying some of the main causes for violent incidents in hospitals, we can determine ways that might help alleviate some of the violence that healthcare facilities are experiencing.

Some causes of violent incidents in hospitals and outpatient care facilities include: intoxicated patients, increased wait times in emergency departments, early release of patients that end up back in ED, and an increase in use by law enforcement for prisoners. This is not a comprehensive list, but it does help give us an idea of what kinds of scenarios might trigger violence for an individual.

Now, let’s look at some ways that might aid in the decrease of violence in healthcare facilities.

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Video: Rapid Responder Helps Save Lives

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Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of Prepared Response, Jim Finnell, sat down and talked with Eric Holdeman, the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management. Eric currently hosts a show in King County called Disaster Zone, as well as contributes as writer for Emergency Management.

Watch this interview to learn how Rapid Responder aids in emergency preparedness and crisis management by mapping critical facilities.

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Dialing 9-1-1 from a Place of Worship

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We all know that when dialing 9-1-1, we will be asked questions about the type of emergency, location you are at and other information needed by first responders. This usually isn’t a problem, but if you’re at a place of worship when you dial 9-1-1 you may run into questions that you don’t know how to answer. When calling for help, you will need to know how to clearly answer to the 6 W’s dispatchers will ask. We’ll show you how to provide dispatchers with all the information they need and give you some tips that will get first responders to you quickly. Read More