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

Essential Tools for Emergency Responses at Your Place of Worship

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Gathering & Documenting Resources for Emergencies

When an emergency happens at your place of worship you want to be prepared, including having on hand the resources you will need to respond effectively. Different types of emergencies will produce different types of responses, so it is important to have essential tools for a wide variety of emergencies that may present themselves. Click through the tabs to see necessities for different incidents that may happen at your place of worship. Read More

Emergency Management Teams, Necessary for Schools & Districts

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School & District Level Teams are Key to an Effective and Timely Response

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Your district likely has district level emergency management teams, but does your school have their own emergency management team? There are many similarities and few differences between the two, but they are both necessary to an effective emergency response at any school. The two teams work together as a hierarchy system which balance each other out, and reduces the stress that accompanies any incident by spreading responsibilities out over many people. Read More

12 Topics for Monthly Safety Meetings

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Keep Your Safety Team Engaged & Use All Meetings for Training & Educationsafety meetings

Sometimes the most difficult part of safety meetings and what makes them less than effective, is not knowing what to discuss. We always recommend having a safety meeting once a month, but sometimes, there aren’t any safety issues to discuss. When those instances occur, take the opportunity to discuss new topics, or for training. Today we are going to give you 12 ideas for topics that you can use this year in your monthly safety meetings. Read More

Threat Assessments, a Main Ingredient for Facility Security

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Tips on How to Write Threat Assessments & Mitigate Risk

Threat assessments “provide a guidance framework to develop and implement the mitigation measures that would be necessary and appropriate to the identified threats to” a facility. – Thomas Bullock III, Law Enforcement Specialist with VML Insurance.*

Threat assessments are an invaluable part of security for any facility and by not performing a threat assessment on a regular basis you are leaving your facility vulnerable to ever changing threats. Some form of threat assessment should be performed annually, even if it’s just re-assessing, but a new threat assessment should be performed every other year. Read More

Guest Post: Eric Holdeman, Blogger for Emergency Management Magazine

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Planning, Preparing & Actively Working Toward Safer Schools

eric holdemanPlanning plays a key role in the preparedness process. All-hazards planning is the best avenue to take with some special precautions for specific hazards like a workplace violence event. With the unfortunate circumstances we are faced with these days, having written plans for how to handle an active shooter incident, to include lockdown procedures, is one key aspect; however, plans are not enough. School staff, including teachers, administrators and facility and support staff need to understand their roles. Orientation sessions for staff is critical so they understand the plan. After planning and preparing, announced and unannounced drills should be scheduled so both students and staff are familiar with how to react as safely as possible. Drills also provide “muscle” memory for everyone. These physical rehearsals with all people participating is a great way to provide a calm atmosphere when there is a dangerous incident ongoing. 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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Church Safety & Community Needs

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4 Ways to Keep Your Facility & Volunteers Safe During Community Outreach

Every week, places of worship around the country open their doors to meet community needs in the form of temporary shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, and more. Although these organizations are looking to do good deeds and serve those in need, they are also adding an additional safety risk to their volunteers and facility. Today we are going to discuss 4 ways that you can actively keep your facility and volunteers safe while opening your doors for community outreach.

   1. First and foremost, the most effective way to reduce community needssafety concerns is to block off restricted areas during community outreach. If your place of worship serves as a school or daycare, close and lock all doors that lead to those areas, making it impossible for an unauthorized person to gain access. If there are other areas that are off limits, lock all doors that are not critical to the operation of your particular community outreach. Read More

New Year, New Goals: Wrap Up

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Top 3 Ways to Improve Facility Safety by Creating Goals

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This week we have talked specifically about how creating new goals for the New Year can improve your facility or organizations safety and security. Whether it be a school, church, hospital, or movie theater, there are improvements that can be made and creating new goals can be the answer. As we enter 2016, safety and security for facilities and those who enter them should be a top priority. Today we want to give you the top 3 takeaways from this series that can help you this year. Read More

New Year, New Goals for Your Place of Worship

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Setting Measurable Goals for Your Place of Worship & Using Incentives to Motivategoals

Your place of worship likely has a number of goals, whether it be to welcome new members, or to grow the average number of people in a church service, but does your church have safety goals in place? As 2016 begins, we want to help you increase your safety by meeting new goals in terms of security. Reaching safety goals is not only important for your members and visitors, but also for the overall safety and security of your property and those you wish to protect. Read More