Safety Goals for the New School Year

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Safety GoalsFor many school administrators and educators, a new school year means new goals and a new start. As the school year begins, start school off on the right foot with new and updated school safety goals. If your school doesn’t have safety goals, begin by writing them. If your school safety program already exists, reflect back on the goals you met over the last year and write new ones for this year. There are always goals to be met when it comes to school safety; for the students and the staff. Read More

School Safety Article Review

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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

Summer Heat Safety at Your School

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Symptoms, Response & Prevention of Heat Related Injuries

Yesterday we talked about summer fire safety in different places such as schools, homes, or place of worship events. Today we’re going to continue our summer safety tips discussion by talking about summer heat safety, particularly in school settings. There are two very critical things you need to know: symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke and how to respond. We’ll also provide you with some best practices for reducing heat related injuries this summer at your school. Read More

Beat the Heat!

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Summer Fire Safety in Your Mall

Shopping centers start to see an increase in shoppers through the summer months since school is out, but summer brings other challenges for facilities. Wildfires, overheating of air conditioners, generators, and other electrical wiring become a concern during warmer seasons. Be prepared this summer and offer a safe place for people to beat the heat with these fire safety and prevention tips. Read More

Rapid Responder Just Gets Better

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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

Prepared Response, Inc.’s Easy Alert Aids Spokane Community College in a Recent Medical Emergency Response

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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

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

Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario, Not Just the Most Common

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Effective & Complete Preparation for Schools

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

Preparing for a VIP Guest on College Campuses

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4 Ways to Ensure a Safe & Secure Visit

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

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