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Hope McIntosh has amassed a 20+ year career in the technology sector with tech companies such as Honeywell, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Mele Associates, vmware, Air Watch, ANM, and MCG, LLC.; having positions and consulting projects that have taken her
Businesses across the country faced numerous struggles over the past year and a half due to the Coronavirus.
Soft targets have open environments likely with multiple access points, encouraging people to come and go freely.
Jennifer Taylor joined Rave in November 2021 as the Head of People Operations. Prior to joining Rave, Jennifer (JT) held leadership roles in both talent and human resources for companies like RSM, NantHealth, and SQA Group. JT is an experienced and s
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Soft targets have open environments likely with multiple access points, encouraging people to come and go freely.
Rave Summit hosted numerous Higher Education industry leaders and attendees were able to hear about how their peers are managing during this unprecedented time.
Rave Summit hosted numerous K-12 industry leaders and attendees were able to hear about how their peers are managing during this unprecedented time.
Mass notification systems are extremely helpful in notifying employees of an emergency.
Improving student safety engagement is a goal that’s best addressed from multiple angles.
Superintendents, principals, school resource officers, teachers, counselors, nurses and administrative staff in over 13,000 school districts have returned to the classroom after almost 18 months of hybrid or remote learning. Staff member
This year, we hosted our annual Rave Summit virtually. Critical communications and safety professionals across all industries came together to share innovative strategies for keeping their communities, campuses and employees safe and informe
Defined policies, situational awareness, and efficient employee communication are core to HR leadership’s ability to create a safe and productive working environment; however, it can be challenging to deliver on employee expectations of safety and
Over the past decade, staffing models in healthcare have most often been designed to balance the value-driven requirements of the Affordable Care Act with a nationwide shortage of medical personnel. At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, staffing model
Many different types of safety incident occur in healthcare environments – from assaults on staff to supply chain shortages to severe weather emergencies. Each type of safety incident can have different outcomes depending on how it is managed; and
Right now, having a reliable mass communication system is crucial. In this post, we will provide an all-encompassing rundown of Rave Notifier for Desktop and tell you how you can use it to your advantage.
Initially celebrated in 2013, Attendance Awareness Month has the objective of raising awareness of the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. This year, the event has added importance due to the perception that chronic absente
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic – when offices were closed, and employees forced to work remotely – many businesses had to improvise how they communicated internally. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 25% of employees
What is Rave Collaborate? Rave Collaborate helps you track essential tasks, and provide critical communication and collaboration effectively during events. It gives you one unified place to follow stakeholder
Todd Piett joined Rave in 2005 and today runs the global organization that has its technology deployed at thousands of colleges, universities, businesses and communities. Prior to joining Rave, Todd was responsible for launching new products for Unic
If you haven’t heard by now, Rave’s Annual Summit will be taking place virtually from September 21-23, 2021. Rave Summit will deliver every element of a live event in an online environment with major product announcements and training, best pra
Although much has changed this year due to the success of the vaccination rollout, anticipating what the fall semester may look like is still a stab in the dark. Learn about COVID-19 mitigation strategies colleges and universities are using to keep students safe as they return to campus.
Communicating campus evacuation plans is never straightforward for colleges and universities. Personal safety apps can store evacuation plans, provide directories for emergency contacts and help locate staff or students who have no arrived at an evacuation station.
The recent extreme heat warnings across the south and south-west of the country brought back memories of last summer when triple-digit temperatures in many locations put increased stress on public health agencies and healthcare systems already under
The CDC published new guidance relating to COVID-19 mitigation strategies for fully vaccinated people. As communities and businesses return to safe operation there is confusion about mask requirements for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals.
K-12 school district communication issues have the potential to jeopardize plans to reopen schools safely for the fall 2021 semester. Will the K-12 education system be reinvented following COVID-19?
There is still a lot of uncertainty about when many businesses will welcome employees back to the workplace. Decisions about when to welcome employees back seem to be driven by the location of the business, the nature of its operations, and individual employers' preferences.
There are still multiple unknowns about how the fall semester will pan out in the country’s colleges and universities. Will student vaccinations be mandated? Will the option exist to take classes remotely? Will it be necessary to wear a mask on
The Rave Panic Button is a smartphone app that replaces physical and often inaccessible wall-mounted panic buttons. Get answers to the 7 most common questions about the app and how it integrates with 9-1-1 emergency responders and public safety.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people suffered bereavements, lost their jobs, and/or experienced financial difficulties. Although the situation is improving, millions more people may yet be impacted by the consequences of the pandemic due to the mental health crisis sweeping America.
Rave Mobile Safety's critical communication and collaboration platform provides federal agencies with every tool they need to prepare for and support an effective response to any incident. Learn about features of the platform designed to reduce response times by getting the right message to the right people at the right time.
The issue of whether or not it is okay to ask students about their vaccination status is still fluid. Several states still have legislation under consideration, and the uncertainty of whether a college or university will be able to enforce a full vaccination policy has resulted in many putting their policy announcements on hold.
The temporary opt-in capability of the Rave Platform is a valuable asset for all organizations that welcome visitors to their facilities as it ensures those who would not normally be included in the organization's messaging database can receive critical or informative communications.
Severe weather events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, wildfires and droughts, are wreaking havoc across every part of the U.S. How do you keep your community safe when seconds matter?
CMS launched the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program that aims to lower costs by reducing avoidable 911 ambulance transports to emergency departments and unnecessary hospitalizations following 911 transports.
Campus culture is an integral part of student life. Not only can it be a great deal of fun, but also a powerful source of communal socialization through which students are exposed to peer and societal norms that help them better understand different
The past year has been a whirlwind of unpredictable events for organizations everywhere. Public safety, campus safety, emergency management and corporate security are facing an increasing number of highly complex incidents due to COVID-19, severe w
How Massachusetts New Campus Safety Act Could Revolutionize How Sexual Violence against Students Is Reported
In January 2021, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed the state’s new Campus Safety Act into law. The Act addresses sexual violence on college and university campuses and includes measures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, there is increased demand for vacation and travel. Effective community messaging is key to public health safety and COVID-19 mitigation. Learn how mass notification platforms can aid public safety agencies as businesses and communities reopen.
The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services adopted the Rave platform in order to take advantage of its SMS messaging capabilities and reach foster families immediately in times of emergency. Over time, multiple uses were found for the Rave platform.
Communication plays an incredibly wide-ranging role in workplace safety for nurses – from ensuring there are safe levels of nurse staffing to alerting nurses to incidents which require the activation of emergency preparedness plans.
Although mental health programs in colleges have been found to reduce violence on campuses, very few colleges have the resources to develop and maintain adequate mental health programs.
WEA and IPAWS are two of the most frequently used acronyms in emergency management; and although most emergency managers have a good idea about what the acronyms stand for, not all understand the relationship between the two systems or how they can be integrated with other mass emergency notification systems.
Even with vaccination efforts ramping up, COVID-19 remains a major concern for K–12 schools, colleges and universities. Safety concerns that were priorities before COVID-19, such as student mental health and physical health, are still major concerns.
New Washington legislation would require every hospitality employer to enact a sexual harassment policy, provide mandatory sexual harassment prevention training to all employees, provide a list of all employees and provide a panic button app to each isolated worker.
The results of the 2021 Workplace and Preparedness Survey demonstrate a disconnection between how important messages are communicated and employee preferences for receiving important messages. Learn how flexible working arrangements are becoming a permanent feature in many companies.
On March 11th, 2021 – the first anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization – President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The Act provides $1.9 billion in stimulus funding fo
In-person learning has resumed in school districts across the country, but questions about the upcoming academic year are beginning to surface. What will school look like next year? What are the major safety concerns? What actions can be done to alleviate and resolve them?
Research conducted by Mental Health America last year found that past trauma is the second most common cause of mental distress after loneliness – a factor that has been in many people's lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and other healthcare professionals were reported to experience twice the rate of clinical depression than the general public. Then the pandemic came; and while nurses were willing to step up, the price they p
Public Service Recognition Week was established in 1985 to honor more than 23 million federal, state, local, and tribal government employees who protect, support, and educate our communities. Annual events are held to deliver messages about the value of public service and acknowledge public accomplishments.
SOC2 was developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and defines criteria that service providers should have in place to manage and protect customer data. SOC 2 helps Rave demonstrate our due diligence and commitment to protecting customer data and maintaining an available and secure SaaS solution.
Thanks to funding for school safety initiatives made available by the American Rescue Plan, schools can apply for funding to strengthen school safety programs and technology via grant programs. This webinar provides an overview of the economic stimulus package being allocated to enable schools to reopen safely.
Recently, the team at Rave Mobile Safety hosted a webinar discussing the top public safety challenges of the past year, how the challenges were overcome, and what new practices evolved out of overcoming the challenges.
In the past year, students across the United States had to make major adjustments to their learning styles because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. While virtual learning has come with many educational detriments, could it be preparing students for a future of remote work?
9-1-1 is considered to be the “Universal Emergency Number” in the United States. Have you ever wondered how our current 9-1-1 system came to be?
Studies show most students who plan school attacks exhibit observable concerning behavior and other early indicators of violence. Learn how school personnel can create and maintain a safe school environment that encourages students to speak up if they see students struggling.
Preparing the front lines of community protection is a complex task requiring collaboration with multiple agencies to ensure a streamlined emergency response. Learn how fast and accurate communication can enhance response efforts and emergency preparedness planning.
For those working in human resources, the everyday responsibilities have abruptly changed to adapt to the new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current process for alerting communities to severe weather doesn't utilize comprehensive coverage to provide notifications to all residents. Does your community use a multi-modal alerting system?
Discussing ways to address a high school mental health crisis is a difficult subject. The data used to support the concerns is often unreliable, taken out of context, or contradictory.
In order to address communication issues, improve the quality of healthcare, and enhance productivity, technological solutions started emerging for every healthcare process.
Seaboard Foods adopted the Rave platform as an effective means to deliver targeted emergency and non-emergency messaging to employees. When the coronavirus pandemic started the company was forced to use the Rave platform in ways it had never envisaged.
If you have visited a college or university campus in the past thirty years, the likelihood is you will have seen an emergency blue light box – a highly visible bright blue pillar that connects students to campus security with the press of a button
There are several strategies college or university safety managers can use to better prevent sexual assaults on campus.
Public perception of law enforcement has changed over the past few years. Learn how mainstream media is influencing public opinion and how community surveys demonstrate a need for more police involvement in school safety and security.
According to RegisteredNursing.org, more than 20 percent of coronavirus cases in some states are among healthcare workers; and, whereas most media attention relating to the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers has been focused on direct care work
Red collar crime is a subgroup of white collar crime in which the perpetrator uses violence to avoid detection or prosecution.
Due to the many different types of campus security software, there is no one-size-fits-all procedure for evaluating each option. However, regardless of whether you are evaluating campus security software to secure real estate, keep populations safe,
For more than ten years, many state and local governments have had the ability to use a “blue alert” system of mass notification in order to warn the public of dangerous offenders on the run and to solicit information that can help apprehend them.
A hospital emergency manager is an individual responsible for the overall planning and response to emergencies that can affect the healthcare organization and communities that rely on it.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, freelancers were projected to make up the majority of the workforce by 2027, as more companies embrace flexible work schedules, according to a study conducted by the Freelancer’s Union.
In October 2020, the Department of Education announced it was rescinding the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and replacing it with an appendix to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Handbook.
988 is the Federal Communications Commission's approved crisis resource telephone number for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The primary purpose of the 988 service will be to prevent mental health crises escalating into emergencies – not to respond to emergencies caused by an individual in crisis.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that “accredits” more than twenty-two thousand healthcare organizations and healthcare programs in the United States.
Vaccine distribution in many communities across the United States has been challenging. Hear how some state and local agencies are using technology to improve communication.
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of clear and accessible corporate communications – particularly by organizations that provide essential services.
The issue of 911 responses to mental health crises dates from the 1970s when a combination of factors led to the systematic mass closing of state-run residential psychiatric hospitals. Lack of adequate support resulted in an increase in crime, arrest rates, incarceration, and homelessness among the mentally ill.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many areas of healthcare operations; and one of the areas that has seen some of the biggest changes is visitor management and communication.
Although the 5 E's of corporate safety can vary between training organizations, they generally follow the sequence of Education, Engagement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation.
Campus mass notification systems can help Higher Ed institutions do more with less in terms of improving communication to address student mental health challenges and challenges related to diversity and inclusion – for students, faculty, and staff.
Residents want to know what’s going on and what actions to take when an adverse event strikes, as well as stay updated. But it’s challenging for state and local agencies to get the information out to their communities.
Even as the industry battles ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has swiftly transformed healthcare’s communication needs and priorities.
SMS opt-in requires individuals wishing to be included in a notification database to text a keyword to a short code number. Lean about other uses for SMS opt-in such as notifications and alerts to temporary visitors at tourist attractions, concerts and more.
In April 2019 the ‘Alianna Alert’ Law went into effect in Ohio requiring all schools to alert parents if their children are absent from school within two hours of school starting. This law was named after Alianna DeFreeze, whose murder proved schools were failing to notify parents when their students were not in school.
Hospital emergency codes were originally introduced in healthcare facilities to discreetly alert staff to emergency events over public address systems. The motive behind using different colors to represent different types of emergencies was to prevent situations in which emergency responses were obstructed by alarmed patients and visitors.
Updated 2/9/2021—The latest on workplace violence statistics for 2021 is that despite the COVID-19 pandemic many federal agencies have been able to publish figures relating to fatal and non-fatal injuries at work; and from these figures it has been
As organizations consider what the future of the workplace will look like, they can’t ignore one particular challenge – employee communication. Efficient and effective employee communication has been a common struggle even before the COVID-19 outbreak.
While having schools fully reopen will be a positive milestone in the battle against COVID-19, it will create challenges for school safety. Staff shortages, cyberbullying, and natural and manmade events will be just as disruptive as they were before the pandemic.
2021 is full of uncertainty for those in charge of the safety and wellbeing of employees. Many workplaces like offices or manufacturing and healthcare facilities are still making adjustments following the COVID-19 outbreak. Although it see
Public information officers (PIOs) have an extremely important duty in sharing critical information with communities in order to save lives and protect property.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to virtual learning have increased rates of cyberbullying in K-12 schools, calling for greater bullying prevention efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed employee communications in 2020, with organizations updating a variety of policies, from PTO to RTO.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced the distribution of $150 billion of CARES Act funding for municipalities. States and eligible units of local government will share $139 billion. Learn how the money is being allocated state by state.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended people’s lives and put a tremendous strain on communities across the United States. Here are inspirational quotes for state and local leaders to help motivate employees and remind them that their hard work is not going unnoticed.
Due to the shortcomings of wall-mounted alarms and Bluetooth-enabled wearables, school districts are searching for a school alert app that communicates emergencies to teachers, staff and 9-1-1 in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
Reopening schools has proven to be unpredictable and stressful for teachers and faculty. The biggest challenge for schools is ensuring the safety of both the students and school staff.
If you’ve been browsing the internet you’ve likely come across misinformation about the coronavirus. It's key for government leaders to prevent the spread of rumors.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended college and university life, with nearly all higher education institutions across the United States suspending in-person classes, encouraging students to move off-campus or return home, and canceling all student events, including college sports.
Most states have rapid response units tasked with responding to community outbreaks of COVID-19 and minimizing the impact of the virus. While not all rapid response units are assigned the title of “strike team”, they all do much the same thing - albeit on different scales.
Notifying residents about a public health emergency. Evacuating them before a wildfire or a hurricane strikes. Initiating rescue efforts to a flooded neighborhood. Providing comfort to the community after an active assailant incident. Safeguarding co
K-12 schools around the country are welcoming students back to the classroom. The situation is subject to change as rates of infection can change quickly. How is the best way to welcome back to school in a fluid environment?
Alyssa's Law would require some kind of silent panic button or alarm in all public schools with a direct link to law enforcement agencies.
In response to the international outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), K-12 schools across the country canceled classes and moved learning online. Teachers have readjusted to their new normal, sending virtual schedule and prerecorded links fo
Organizations that implement best practices for business communications during the coronavirus outbreak will be better equipped to adapt to rapidly changing environments - giving them a better chance of surviving the disruption and recovering quicker.
How State and Local Governments can Enforce Social Distancing Policies and Better Protect Employees in the Community
While the U.S. remains behind most of the world in terms of the number of confirmed coronavirus infections per 100,000 citizens, state and local governments have an opportunity to take advantage of communication solutions in order to enforce social d
In this day and age, it’s no surprise; people are living longer. Over the last 5 decades the number of older people in the population and in the workforce has grown and is projected to continue to grow. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Stat
An emergency management coordinator typically creates and prepares specific plans and procedures for responding to threats such as a natural disaster, active assailant, or another community emergency.
Employers have an important role to play in mitigating the consequences of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in communicating information in a timely and efficient manner to keep employees safe.
On March 17, cities typically celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food, music, dancing, and of course, parades. Each region will have different traditions for their St. Patrick’s Day parade – from pipes and drum band to floats to Irish step-da
By approaching employee wellness and workplace safety as a strategic business investment, employers can generate ROI.
Anonymous school tip lines have uncovered another crisis that clearly must be addressed: teen suicide and mental health concerns.
Domestic violence or intimate partner violence is one of the most prevalent safety issues. Studies have shown that nearly half of domestic violence incidents go unreported. Learn how local law enforcement agencies are protecting domestic abuse victims and the tools available to protect them.
It’s important for businesses to create and have comprehensive emergency response plans in place in the case of a workplace emergency. It’s especially important that workplaces with hazardous materials, heavy machinery, and increased risks for in
Emergency blue light boxes have become a symbol of safety on campus, and may feel like an essential part of a college or university security plan. But blue light boxes have also come under new scrutiny in recent years, with safety professionals reevaluating how effective the tool is in a digital age.
A school panic button app system is a communication system for schools designed to improve the outcome of emergencies by enabling faster responses and more effective school emergency communication between schools, staff, 9-1-1 call dispatchers, and incident managers.
Although there is a large population of teenagers who love the TikTok app, there is also a thriving community of law enforcement officers who also have generated huge followings in the hundreds of thousands.
Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power or control perpetrated by one intimate partner
People may not share the same definition of “crisis”, and what may be “typical” for one area of the country may not be for another.
Campus safety managers should turn to key questions higher education officials ask when evaluating their next university texting platform.
Quotes can be a great tool help keep your workers safe and promote safety in the workplace. Check out our top 20 favorite workplace safety quotes.
Medical television shows have been captivating people for close to 50 years. The intrigue of an emergency room, surgical unit, and the day-to-day lives of doctors and nurses draws in some of the highest viewership in all of broadcast television. Here are nine of our favorite medical shows.
The School Resource Officer supports and facilitates the educational process within a school system by providing a safe and secure environment through building and establishing meaningful relationships with students and staff.
Every day all across the U.S., 9-1-1 telecommunicators, supervisors, public educators and many others work around the clock to provide help to every person who needs it. April was #911EducationMonth, and here are some of our favorite #ThankYou911 posts from this year.
Across the United States, nurse staffing shortages are putting a strain on hospital workers and jeopardizing patient safety. Leveraging technology can play a big role in fixing staffing concerns and improving the quality of patient treatment.
School safety leaders have put a focus on enhancing emergency protocols and procedures, recognizing red flags, working with local public safety leaders to create more cohesive school emergency plans, and implementing new emergency response tools that provide interoperability.
The Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15 shook New Zealand and prompted a powerful inquiry into the worst mass murder in the country’s history. The shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday pra
In March of 2019, unionized nurses in New York City delivered a formal strike notice to the three largest hospital networks. The notice warned that if the hospital management and the New York State Nurses Union didn’t reach an agreement, 10,000 nur
Although community policing and the efforts surrounding it may look different in each jurisdiction, there are many examples of community policing strategies at work demonstrating the three key components of organizational transformation, community partnerships, and shared problem-solving.
There are key differences between a hard lockdown and a soft lockdown. A hard lockdown indicates an immediate threat on campus - it requires the school to go into an internal emergency procedure. A soft lockdown is used when a possible threat is identified in the surrounding area.
A seamless school safety drill doesn't just happen on its own. There are many factors to consider when determining the best way to evacuate a building, lock down a classroom, or notify staff members. Some panic button app systems can help schools run safety drills that are thorough and effective.
Anybody can suffer PTSD following a natural disaster, but an alarming statistic has emerged relating to first responder PTSD after natural disasters.
There are many television shows that have represented the experience of first response teams in one way or another. Here is a list of the seven best shows, from 9-1-1 dispatchers to firefighters to police officers to EMS workers.
In May of 2018, the Hospital Preparedness Program celebrated fifteen years of enhancing the ability of hospitals and healthcare systems to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. We look at why the program was established, what its obje
Mobile integrated healthcare is a movement that aims to deliver higher quality and more cost effective medical care by coordinating resources among emergency medical care (EMS) providers, hospitals, in-home carers, and insurance companies.
Hosting controversial speakers on campus is likely to remain a difficult question for college and university safety managers. While it's important to encourage free speech and to allow campus communities to express their constitutional rights, some recent events have shown that these events can come at a physical cost.
Professionals working in healthcare are statistically more susceptible to workplace violence than those working in other industries. Learn how a mass notification system and timely communication can keep employees safe and ensure that every patient is receiving the best possible care.
Many companies are now turning to “digital enterprise media channels” to ensure that all employees receive and respond as needed to critical messages. This focus on digital is part of a bigger transformation.
In May, law enforcement officers from across the country will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a series of events and ceremonies for National Police Week. The week coincides with Peace Officers Memorial day, which falls on May 15th, and bo
Katharine Dahl, presented a webinar on five critical business communication challenges. Here’s a quick overview of her main points and how corporate leaders can implement a more effective communication strategy for their organizations. To start, Ka
The primary reasons that Text-to-911 is being used in PSAPs across the country are to aid deaf and hard-of-hearing callers, those with speech impairments, and to address emergencies where verbal communication isn’t possible or is unsafe.
Take a look back through the history of mass notification, how it has evolved over the years and what the future holds. Technology is ever-evolving and it’s no surprise that methods we use today to notify the masses are different from years past.
The holidays present many opportunities for law enforcement professionals to connect with the neighborhoods they work in. Across the country, many local police departments have invested in community policing initiatives to do just that.
What is a Soft Target? A soft target is a location or place that is vulnerable due to its lack of security or protection, though is often populated by groups of people. To understand the threats posed to soft targets, it’s important to identify