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

Public School Safety vs. Private School Safety

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Is One Safer Than the Other?

public schoolPublic school or private school? Which is safer? Many parents wish of sending their children to private school where class sizes are smaller, books are newer, and the focus is on more than test scores. But is private school any safer than public school? Many people believe private schools are safer and more secure for their children than public schools; however, some studies have shown that private schools do not put as much funding toward safety and security, creating a less safe environment and giving people a false hope. 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

NYSSA Rapid Responder Program Expansion Continues Across New York State with Upcoming Road Show

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NYSSA Rapid Responder

Attend the Event to Learn How Your BOCES Can Offer the Aidable Service.

During the week of January 18th, 2016, Prepared Response, Inc. and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) will be traveling throughout New York State to meet with key educational leaders to share information about the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program. Meetings in Erie, Syracuse, Plattsburgh, and Ulster are scheduled, and will include guest speakers, a live demonstration of Rapid Responder®, and information on how current BOCES program participants provide the service to their component districts.

RSVP Today!

Syracuse – January 19 | 10am-noon

 Plattsburgh – January 20 | 9am – 11am

 Ulster – January 21 | 10am-noon

 Erie – January 22 | 10am – noon

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

New Year, New Goals: School Safety Goals

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Create Attainable Safety Goals to Increase School Preparedness

For many people, a new year means new resolutions and a new start. As 2016 begins, start the New Year 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 you do, 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, the students, and the staff.

school safety goalsWriting safety goals is simple. Get together with your school safety team and discuss some of the safety incidents that happened last year. Decide together whether there are any attainable goals that can be met from those past incidents. It may be to reduce the number of staff injuries, or to have a more secure student drop off and pick up system. No matter the goals, write them out and put them into attainable categories such as a time frame it will take to meet that particular goal. Once written, distribute the goals to those who will help meet them whether it be staff or parents. Post them in your school and let your community know your school is dedicated to safety. Read More

Rapid Responder Customer Forums, the Newest Customer Engagement Option

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Forum Creates Increased Engagement Between Users & Adds an Additional Support Avenueforums

 

KIRKLAND, WA – DECEMBER 15, 2015 – Prepared Response, Inc.® has just announced their newest channel of customer engagement for Rapid Responder users by opening a new customer forum. Rapid Responder Forums is a place where end users can go to connect with other users, share unique ways to use the system, and use as an additional avenue for customer support. Rapid Responder users will find a variety of threads to post to and read from, which will cover system updates, the Emergency Response Interface, the Administrative Interface, mobile apps, and tips and tricks. A feature requests thread is also available for customers to submit ideas and needs for future system updates. Read More

Easy Alert: The Communication Tool Your School is Missing

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Don’t Experience Another Incident Without Communication

Rapid Responder Easy Alert

Schools periodically experience incidents including medical emergencies with a student or a school evacuation from a bomb threat. These things, and sometimes more serious incidents happen and a reliable tool that allows communication between staff and responders is necessary. Rapid Responder Easy Alert meets your internal communication needs by providing staff and first responders the ability to communicate real-time, share images and report their exact location. Click through the tabs below to learn why Easy Alert is the communication tool your school needs for managing incidents: Read More

Rapid Responder Notify, Not Your Average Mass Notification

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NotifyNotify Offers Unique Mass Notification Features for Your Facility

Rapid Responder Notify is an app designed specifically for mass notification and is a complimentary add-on feature for those who utilize the Rapid Responder system for their facilities emergency preparedness. There are many mass notification systems out there, but none quite like Rapid Responder Notify. Anyone can sign up by downloading the app, choosing their group, and putting in their site ID, which is completely customizable by a Rapid Responder admin. The groups can range anywhere from hospital employees, students, staff, or a congregation. It also allows app users to send anonymous tips and alerts to designated individuals of any suspicious activity, an incident, or even a maintenance issue such as clogged water drain.

Today though, we want to explain how it can improve your facilities crisis management by means of mass notification. Take these three incidents for example, and see how Rapid Responder Notify can quickly send mass notification to those who need it.   Read More