Using Your School as a Polling Place

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Vote for Student Safety During Elections

Because schools are found in nearly every city across the United States, they are often used as polling places for local and National elections. However, opening the tightly secured doors during school hours to the entire community can have serious security implications. Many districts have adopted election days as teacher work days to reduce security concerns by giving students the day off, but for those who haven’t, here are some tips to keep your students and buildings safe from harm. Read More

School Safety at Outdoor Events

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Indoor Safety Should be Reflected Outside Too

Schools focus a lot of their time on increasing safety and making the inside of their facility as secure as possible by keeping unwanted visitors out and monitoring who accesses the buildings. But many outdoor events take place during a school year including sporting events and games, field days, and car washes for fundraising. It is critical to safety and security that efforts are put in to controlling and managing risk at outdoor events at your school, not just securing the interior during normal school hours.

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Creating a secure environment for guests at an outdoor event should be a priority. Provide that security to your guests by hiring or recruiting extra security for large events such as rival sports games. Emotions are often on edge and can create an incident quickly. Additional security means more eyes on guests which can minimize an incident before it happens or before it escalates.

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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

Campus Officer vs School Resource Officer

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College Police Officer

When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.

First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More

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

Roadshow Brought NYSSA Rapid Responder Information to Education Leaders

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Live Demonstrations & Guest Speakers Share System Benefits

Prepared Response, Inc. recently visited with key education leaders across New York to provide information and in-person demonstrations about the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program. Meetings were NYSSAheld in Erie, Syracuse, Ulster, and Plattsburgh and offered a firsthand look at the system. Attendees heard from guest speakers about its effectiveness and how ensures a timely response to emergencies or incidents. Read More

Rapid Responder & School Emergency Management Needs

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Learn How the All-Hazards Emergency Management System Meets Your School’s Needs for Increased Safety & Security

Most schools have federal and state issued laws they must adhere to in terms of emergency preparedness and crisis management. Juggling different requirements can be hard and trying to meet them can easily deplete a school’s budget. Having an all-hazards emergency management system is one of the most effective ways to stay within budget and meet expected requirements. Rapid Responder, a product of Prepared Response, Inc., offers schools and other facilities a simple web-based system to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies. Rapid Responder meets critical needs, law requirements, and is SAFETY Act certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read More

Out of the Binder & Into the Cloud

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Complimentary Webinar for Oregon Education Leaders

Long gone are the days of keeping emergency plans in binders and distributing amended documents through email! Oregon schools and other education entities are invited to join us on February 11 at 10 am PT, as we showcase Rapid Responder, emergency preparedness and crisis management system. Take your response plans out of the binder and into the cloud, where all entities can view and perform procedures quickly and easily on any device.emergency plans

Rapid Responder, by Prepared Response, Inc., has been implemented in every k12 campus across Washington, empowering schools to plan, prepare and respond quickly and efficiently during any emergency. Join them and get your Oregon campus implemented with this robust system. Read More

Minnesota Communities Invited to Learn About Rapid Responder

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Complimentary Webinar Showcasing Firsthand Experience & Rapid Responder Effectiveness

Prepared Response, Inc. is offering a complimentary webinar where attendees can expect to learn about Rapid Responder®, the industry leading emergency management and crisis response system. Minnesota communities and facilities will see how Rapid Responder increases their safety and security via a live demonstration, viewing features specific to the system. Jeff Trick, Carver County Deputy & SRO for SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative will give a firsthand user experience and explain how Rapid Responder has aided his district and community with crisis preparedness and efficient response time to any incident. 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