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Complimentary Training You Can Trust

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

Reducing Vulnerabilities in Your Place of Worship

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Simple Changes that can Make a Big Difference

Vulnerable is an understatement for nearly every facility and organization in our society. Places of worship however have found themselves highly vulnerable to outside threats and attacks for various reasons. Reducing vulnerabilities can be a struggle, but putting forth the effort and allocating resources before an incident is critical to continued safety and security for your buildings, staff, volunteers, and congregation. Read More

Risk Assessments in Your Place of Worship

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Take Risk Assessments Seriously for Mitigation

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

Training is Not a Secret

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Comprehensive Training is Effective in All Aspects of Life

Fire prevention is not just important for firefighters, blood borne pathogen training is not just critical for nurses, and CPR and First Aid are important to more people than just medical emergency professionals. These are all real-life incidents which training can help prevent or mitigate from getting worse. Today we are going to help you open the dialogue about safety in your organization a, which in turn opens the dialogue about safety in your community, and give you tips on how you can implement comprehensive training. Read More

Rapid Responder Notify

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The App that Meets Needs for Every Organization

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

A Shift in Place of Worship Security

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church safety plansHow One Event Changed Church Safety Plans

For many places of worship, the way they viewed safety and security changed on the night of June 17, 2015; the night that Charleston AME church in Charleston, SC was violently attacked by a gunman. From then on, church security became a headline across the United States and small town churches as well as large churches, began putting in place church safety plans and procedures to address risk. During an interview I conducted with a Pastor of a small town church, just 70 miles from Charleston, we discussed how the Charleston shooting created a security shift for many small town churches, like his own. Pastor Milton Stubblefield has been pastoring for decades in small town churches and the shooting in his home state helped to propel the safety and security changes their church had already been working on. Read More

Don’t Miss Your Mark with Unrealistic Safety Goals

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Safety Goals Should be Challenging, Yet Realistic & Attainable

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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

How Schedules Affect Church Safety

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Avoid Vulnerabilities by Changing Routines

Schedules are great, they keep us on track and help us to stay organized, but sometimes, our day to day schedules can become detrimental to the safety of our lives or organizations. For place’s of worship in particular, daily schedules can be an invitation for unwanted criminal activity. Today we are going to give insight on what criminals may see as an opportunity to commit a crime on your church grounds, and how changing routines can help minimize risk. Crimes could include assault, robbery, breaking and entering, etc. The overall tip for the day is this:

“Changing routines often can reduce the chance of crime on your church grounds.”

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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

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