Rapid Responder: From Past to Present

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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

The Missing Link: Cohesion

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Rapid Responder Provides Cohesion for Organizations

hand - ipad - squareMany 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

Using Your School as a Polling Place

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Vote for Student Safety During Elections

Because schools are found in nearly every city across the United States, they are often used as polling places for local and National elections. However, opening the tightly secured doors during school hours to the entire community can have serious security implications. Many districts have adopted election days as teacher work days to reduce security concerns by giving students the day off, but for those who haven’t, here are some tips to keep your students and buildings safe from harm. 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

NYSSA Rapid Responder Program Presentation

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Dutchess BOCES Hosting NYSSA Rapid Responder Event

The NYSSA Rapid Responder Program is an aidable service being offered by NY BOCES to their component districts in order to help enhance school emergency preparedness and response. Join NYSSA Rapid Responder Programthe Dutchess BOCES on March 1st to learn about the program and how other NY BOCES have been offering the aidable service. A live demonstration of the system will be provided by Ryan Ellsworth, with Prepared Response, Inc. followed by a Q&A session. 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

Mitigation After a Mass Shooting: What You Need to Know

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The Immediate & Mid-Stage Recovery from an Active Shooter at Your Movie Theater

Active shooter scenarios are something we wish didn’t have to be discussed and planned for, but unfortunately they are a viable threat to any facilities emergency preparedness. In the unfavorable chance your movie theater is faced with an active shooter situation, take these tips to provide a well-managed response that focuses on victims and their families. There are multiple phases when responding to an active shooter event, from law enforcement arriving, to the containment of the shooter, and the aftermath of picking up the pieces. Today we want to focus on the aftermath, after imminent danger has passed and supporting those whose lives are now forever changed. Read More

Rapid Responder Customer Forums Frequently Asked Questions

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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Rapid Responder Forums is available for current users to connect with other users from across the country, share unique ways to use the system, stay up-to-date on recent upgrades, and an additional way to connect with our support team. Rapid Responder users will find a variety of threads to post to and read from, which will cover system updates, the Emergency Response Interface, the Administrative Interface, mobile apps, and tips and tricks. A feature requests thread is also available for customers to submit ideas and needs for future system updates

So what are the most commonly asked questions about our forums?

What types of topics can I find in Rapid Responder Forums.

Users will find information on topics like, the mobile app’s that are offered, the two different types of interfaces (Emergency Response and Administrative), and drills and events. Read More

How Rapid Responder Meets the Needs of your Place of Worship

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Your Needs, Our System, Let’s Compare

Rapid ResponderPlaces of worship have many needs from serving their community to holding weekly services and consistently seeking out volunteers for different positions, but their needs do not stop there. Places of worship have unique safety and security needs for their congregation, visitors, and facility. Below are some common safety and security needs for most churches, and ways that Rapid Responder helps to effortlessly meet those needs.

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Considerations to Make Before Implementing Hospital Security

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Throughput, Training, and Service & How They Can Make Security Ineffective

Many healthcare facilities are constantly evaluating and considering security options that are the most up-to-date and offer industry leading technology. They may be considering installing turnstiles for access control, implementing ID badges for verification, or even retina scanners that match a person. Even the most inclusive systems though have their downfalls if considerations are not taken into account. Throughput, training, and service are all categories that must be well researched and considered before hospital security upgrades can be made or updated in your healthcare facility. Read More