Staying Safe on Campus: Tips to Increase College Campus Security

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Guest Post by Brianna Cook

As the school year begins, I am preparing the speech that I will give to my residents on how to remain safe on and off campus. In addition to being a Resident Assistant, I am also the student worker for the Columbia College Police Department, which gives me great insight into how safety on college campuses works and how beneficial it is knowing effective ways to respond to emergencies and keep yourself safe.

At Columbia College, we are lucky enough to have a police force that provides numerous resources for students to ensure they know how to stay safe both on and off campus. They provide courtesy escorts, have a 24/7 emergency line that connects directly to officer radios, and maintain emergency call boxes around campus. Read More

Prepared Response, Inc. Releases Easy Alert, a New Internal Communication Tool for Emergencies

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Rapid Responder Users Can Now Send Alerts in Real Time During Any Incident from Any Location

IMG_6363Rapid Responder Easy Alert utilizes brand new technology to allow internal communication for emergencies and non-emergencies alike. If you are looking for a way to easily alert and communicate with staff and first responders, and one that is fully integrated with Rapid Responder for no additional cost, look no further. It is designed to be used in real-time and allow instant information about drills and events. Users can post images, report their exact location and engage in chat feed with other active users.

Read our press release to learn more about how Easy Alert simplifies the emergency response process for any place of worship, school, healthcare facility, and/or commercial facility.

 

Exercising Your School’s Emergency Response Plans

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Emergency Response Plans

Regularly updating and exercising your school’s emergency plans are imperative to being prepared when emergency breaks out. Emergency plans that sit in a binder on a bookshelf are not acting as a safety asset to your school campus. To help you, we have listed 5 best practices to make the most out of your emergency response plans:Emergency Response Checklist

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How One Louisiana School District is Setting the Standard for Security

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Lafourche parish school district

Lafourche parish school district continues to increase student and school safety with upgrades

I recently had the privilege to speak with Seth Holloway of the Lafourche Parish School District in Louisiana. Seth is the Safety & Maintenance Manager for the district and was excited to explain how his schools were starting a major security upgrade to all of their facilities. Not only that, the Lafourche Parish School District is a long time user of Rapid Responder Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management System and plans to continue utilizing the system along with the new available features such as Easy Alert. Read my interview With Seth Holloway to learn how his schools are leading the way for new security technology.

S.C.: What have you used Rapid Responder for?

S.H.: We currently use Rapid Responder for our crisis plans and especially like that we can

easily revise them in Rapid Responder. We also log our drills in the system, and for the high schools, we use Rapid Responder to log dangerous chemicals on the property.

 

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Prepared Repsonse, Inc. Offers a Cutting Edge Notification System for Rapid Responder Users

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Rapid Responder Notify Offers Two-Way CommunicationRR Notify- notification system

Have you heard about our new feature called Rapid Responder Notify? It is a modern and mobile two-way mass notification and tip reporting system. The two-way communication and notification system not only allows system administrators to send out mass notifications, but subscribers use the app to report incidents or possible threats in to designated personnel. This allows staff further insight into potential emergencies enabling them to make quick and informative response decisions, creating a cohesive response during any emergency.

Read our press releaseto find out more about how Rapid Responder Notify is used and why it is indispensable for any school, healthcare facility, place of worship, or commercial facility.

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School Safety Committee Series: Meeting & Training with First Responders

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school safety committee- fire first respondersFirst Responders are busy and work in high stress situations every day, but that doesn’t mean they are unwilling to help your school meet their safety and security needs. Today we will end our school safety committee series by giving you tips on how to effectively meet and train with first responders to meet your safety goals.

 Invite Them with Advanced Notice 

First responders are always willing to meet with schools in order to keep them as safe as possible, but with their hectic schedules, they must have meetings scheduled well in advance. This goes for all first responders including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.

Train for Specific Incidents

When planning your training with first responders, plan for a specific event. EMS should be present and actively training on emergencies such as CPR and First Aid, while fire professionals should actively train for containing fires. Read More

School Safety Committee Series: Items to Discuss

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This morning we explained the roles and responsibilities of your safety team members and how adhering to those will help to increase the efficiency of a cohesive response. This afternoon, we want to give you a list of items that should be discussed at your committee meetings. These are guidelines and as such, should be tailored to meet the needs of your school safety team. Below are a few broad topics that should be discussed often at your safety committee meetings.

Funding Requests should be a topic that is opened often, if not every month for your meetings. During this time, members can request new items that they believe are needed to continue safety. Some examples of these requests might be: megaphones, two-way radios, vests, hand-held stop signs, and flashlights. Read More

School Safety Committee Series: Roles & Responsibilities of Members

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Yesterday, we started our series by discussing how school safety committees help to foster a safer and more secure learning environment. Today, we want to give you a to-do list for each role in the safety committee. It will outline their responsibilities that will lead to a more cohesive response to emergencies. First, it is important to remember the different members that should make up your committee: the principal, a counselor, the nurse, the school resource officer, a teacher, and the facilities coordinator. Each person has a specific role that they must perform and responsibilities that produce a unified response during emergencies.

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School Safety Committee Series: Safety Committee Overview

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Schools without effective safety committees miss the mark on rounding out a safe and secure learning environment for their students. Effective safety committees can help prevent unsafe conditions and provide efficient responses to emergencies when they arise. Committees can provide revision for current safety policies and procedures, help engage with your first responders and provide ongoing safety information to parents, staff and the community. If your school doesn’t have a safety committee, consider ways to create one and for established committees, think of ways to increase participation. By doing so, your efforts will help create a safer school environment.   Read More

School Resource Officers Work as a Safety Asset

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school resource officersSchool Resource Officers (SROs) are a safety and security asset that many schools utilize on a daily basis. They serve as a liaison for the school and the community and also provide counseling and positive interactions with students and staff. If you are unsure how a SRO effectively adds to the security of your school, consider these qualities that they typically offer.  Read More