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

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

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

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

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

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

Preventing & Responding to a Stalker on Church Grounds

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Do You Know Who’s Watching?

Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship.  Read More

Rapid Responder Makes an Appearance at Sheepdog Seminar

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If you are in the Pacific Northwest region, please join us at the Sheepdog Seminar in Longview, WA this weekend, Saturday, March 12. National Account Executive, Jeff Hicks from Prepared Response, Inc. will be available at the seminar to offer church and place of worship leaders information on the industry leading emergency preparedness system, Rapid Responder. Read More

Emergency Operating Procedures

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What You Need to Know & Address

Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”

Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very emergency operating proceduresspecific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More

Notifying Parents of a School Crisis

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4 Common Methods to Communicate with Parents During an Incident

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When a school crisis strikes, the first priority is safety for all students, staff, and visitors on the campus. Once a safe environment is stabled, the second priority is alerting parents and guardians and informing them of reunification procedures. With the advancement of technology there are many forms of communication to utilize when notifying parents. Keep reading to learn about the 4 most popular methods used to notify parents of a school crisis. Read More