An AED is an automated external defibrillator, a small portable device used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmia’s. Having these devices is critical to human safety no matter the facility they are in. Unfortunately, anyone can experience a heart attack, although there are some factors that increase the chances, it can happen anywhere at any time. Keep reading to learn why having an AED in every facility is critical. 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
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
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
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
Many times, we hear stories of an active shooter or armed intruder, we hear that victims heard chaos and looked for the nearest exit to escape but ended up in more danger. When attempting to escape, victims tend to run blindly, not really knowing where the incident is or the location of the shooter/intruder. Unfortunately since the focus is just on trying to get out, victims may actually be running toward danger due to lack of visibility and awareness of their surroundings prior to the incident. Keep reading to learn how visibility is directly linked to awareness and how these critical opportunities can help when in an emergency situation. 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