According to Decoded Science, “the rate of a school shooting is approximately 0.02 per 100,000 classroom hours,” while the National Fire Prevention Association estimates, “an average of 5,690 structure fires in educational properties, annually from 2007-2011.” The chances of a fire at your school are far more likely than a school shooting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan and prepare for an active shooter. Effective preparation is about preparing for the worst case scenario, not just the most common. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Safety Goals Should be Challenging, Yet Realistic & Attainable
Goals give us something to strive towards, which is often times motivating, helping us to meet goals and make new ones. Just like people, organizations need goals too, specifically safety goals. These goals need to be challenging for your organization, but they also need to be realistic. Having unrealistic goals will not only prevent you from meeting those goals, but it may also negatively affect some safety efforts that are already in place. Carefully crafting goals for your organization is essential to ongoing safety. Read More