Prepared Response, Inc.’s Easy Alert Aids Spokane Community College in a Recent Medical Emergency Response

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Easy Alert Continues to Provide Effective Communication and Resource Allocation During Emergencies

Spokane Community College (SCC), situated near the Spokane River in Washington State, offers students a diverse liberal arts education in a welcoming learning environment. Recently, the college began researching ways to increase communication amongst campus personnel during an incident or emergency. Like many facilities across the country, Spokane Community College is preparing for a worst possible scenario, while hoping they’ll never have to use their training to respond to a critical incident.

In January, Spokane Community College implemented Rapid Responder Easy Alert, a feature offered through the Rapid Responder platform, provided by Prepared Response, Inc. Shortly after implementation, an incident occurred, providing the college an opportunity to put its training and tools in action. On January 28, 2016, SCC initiated Easy Alert for a medical incident involving a faculty member who was experiencing flu-like symptoms with extreme fatigue and was unable to walk. Campus security was alerted and campus responders, campus dispatch, and security started an Easy Alert incident at 12:44pm PST. Read More

Preparing for a VIP Guest on College Campuses

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4 Ways to Ensure a Safe & Secure Visit

College campuses are almost always bustling with students going to and from classes, studying in the sun, playing games, or hanging out with friends. It is no secret that campus officers work hard to keep their campus community safe, while still allowing freedom for students and visitors to access the university grounds. When a VIP or special guest arrives on campus though, the safety and security atmosphere changes. Whether it be a presidential candidate, dignitary, band, actor, etc., additional protocols and procedures must be put into place and followed. Below are 4 ways you can prepare for a VIP guest on your college campus and ensure a safe and secure visit. Read More

After Action Reviews

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After Action ReviewsPreparing Your Organization for the Next Incident

An After Action Review (AAR), is commonly used by the military and according to the Harvard Business Review is, “A method for extracting from one event or project and applying them to others.” For instance, if during your past fire drill, exit doors were not closed after everyone evacuated, you recognize that as a shortcoming and next time you have a fire drill, someone is in charge of securing those inner perimeter doors before evacuating themselves. You took an instance from one event and applied it to the next event. After Action Reviews are critical to the continuation of safety and security for any facility and enables organizations to continue striving toward a safer environment. Read More

Security at Higher Education Graduations

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How More Eyes Can Reduce Risk

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As concerns grow surrounding school safety and security, we cannot forget about higher education, especially during commencement ceremonies. Colleges and universities are already accustomed to a more open campus, allowing for unknown visitors, but graduations should have much more security, both in uniform and out of uniform for those protecting the venue. Keep reading to learn tips for top-notch safety procedures for higher education graduation.

Just like large sporting events, colleges and universities are adopting a bag search policy for commencement ceremonies. When meeting with students prior to graduation, explain that all bags, purses and packages are subject to search and all persons are subject to search by metal detection devices. Tell students to pass the word to their guests who will be attending and add signs around the entrance of this policy to minimize confusion. Read More

Campus Officer vs School Resource Officer

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When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.

First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More

Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) vs. Rapid Responder

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Rapid Responder Logo high resWhich System is Best for Your Needs?

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), is a “trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive But Unclassified information.”1 It is used by Federal, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, International, and Private Sector partners on a nomination and acceptance basis. Rapid Responder however is an all hazards emergency preparedness and crisis management system that is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and utilized by public and private schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities, stadium, ports and seaports, government facilities, and other critical infrastructure. Both have their admirable qualities, but one is more all-inclusive for most facilities and organizations that are looking to increase preparedness and aid their responders in an effective response. Read More

Keeping Minors Safe on College Campuses

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Ensure a Safe Environment when Minors are on Your College Campus

Individuals under 18 years of age visit college campuses every day whether it be to watch a performance, visiting to make a decision about acceptance, attending sports programs, camps, big/little peer groups, or visiting a family member. Sometimes they come with supervision and other times they don’t and they may or may not stay overnight in a residence hall, or attend a class. Whatever the reason for minors being on college campuses, their safety is a top priority. Below are 4 ways you can work toward mitigating risk and keeping minors safe while they’re on your campus. 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

Christmas Break Safety on College Campuses

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3 Ways Your Security Officers Can Ensure a Safe Campus

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Students no longer fill the library into the late hours of the night, and after finishing their exams they head home to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. All the while, campus security continues to work 24 hour shifts protecting campus buildings, cars left behind and any students or staff who did not leave during the break. But what more can your campus security do to help prepare your college? Use these 3 tips to keep your college campus safe this season: Read More

A Comparison: School Resource Officer & Campus Officer

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When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.

First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More