How Numbers Are Looking Up and Down in Terms of School Safety
An older news headline recently grabbed my attention, “Schools Ratchet Up Safety Protocol, But Some Lack Basic Infrastructure.” In it the author, Allie Bidwell, writes about how school safety statistics are on the rise, but a startling number still lack some of the key points that many expect to see in schools such as controlled access points, visitor check in, and manned surveillance cameras. She also touches on an important point in the beginning, leadership that is invested. Read More
Rapid Responder is a robust and comprehensive emergency preparedness and crisis management platform that facilities and organizations use to increase partnerships with first responders and simplify the response process during an incident. It can sometimes be complex and overwhelming for new users, but our trained professionals are here to help you learn the ropes of Rapid Responder and train you on how to get the most out of the platform for planning and real-world use. Keep reading to learn how we support you, our customer, through training. Rapid Responder provides training you can trust. Read More
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
3 Ways Rapid Responder Streamlines the VIP Process
Perhaps there is a celebrity signing at your movie theater for a premier, a presidential candidate at your school, or a well-known religious leader speaking at your place of worship. Whatever the case, there will be a lot of preparation and potential stress leading up to their arrival and while they are visiting. Luckily, Rapid Responder helps to alleviate some stress by providing critical information during planning, creating inter-agency concord, and annotation features to customize your event plans. Continue reading to learn about the cutting edge features available to streamline your VIP process. Read More
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
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
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
Rapid Responder Provides Cohesion for Organizations
Many organizations have all the right plans for responding to emergencies, by having written plans and doing tabletop drills to practice. From a preparedness standpoint they may be well prepared and have all their ducks in a row, waiting for a chance to put their plans in action. However, they still may be lacking a significant factor in responding efficiently and they may be lacking cohesion. Rapid Responder, an industry leading emergency preparedness platform, provides cohesiveness for those who implement it.
Cohesion with other staff for your organization is critical to handling an emergency or incident well. Rapid Responder allows for a cohesive response within your organization by bringing everyone together on the same page and laying out an easy to follow responsibility tree through ICS and a NIMS based model of response. Rapid Responder stores all of your emergency plans and response procedures, including digital imagery, in a simple and easy-to-navigate platform, available on the Internet, on a laptop, available on a USB, or iOS or Android App. It gives the same information to all parties accessing the information, lessening confusion during a response. Read More
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
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