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Get to Know our CRO: 10 Questions with Hope McIntosh

Julia Tasiopoulos - November 30, 2021

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

Rave Mobile Safety Corporate Summit Recap

Amelia Marceau - November 18, 2021

Businesses across the country faced numerous struggles over the past year and a half due to the Coronavirus.

How to Leverage Rave911 Suite and Smart911 for Safety in your Community

Julia Tasiopoulos - November 18, 2021

Soft targets have open environments likely with multiple access points, encouraging people to come and go freely. 

Meet Rave’s Head of People: Jennifer Taylor (JT)

Julia Tasiopoulos - November 11, 2021

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

What is a Rave SmartSave Award?

Julia Tasiopoulos - November 10, 2021

Learn how you can submit your Rave SmartSave story.

Securing Soft Targets with the Help of Mass Notification Systems

Kathleen Ohlson - November 3, 2021

Soft targets have open environments likely with multiple access points, encouraging people to come and go freely. 

Rave Mobile Safety Higher Education Summit Recap

Amelia Marceau - October 28, 2021

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 Mobile Safety K-12 Summit Recap

Amelia Marceau - October 22, 2021

Rave Summit hosted numerous K-12 industry leaders and attendees were able to hear about how their peers are managing during this unprecedented time. 

5 Ways You Didn’t Know How to Alert Employees in an Emergency

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 15, 2021

Mass notification systems are extremely helpful in notifying employees of an emergency.

Improving Student Safety Engagement: Where to Start

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 12, 2021

Improving student safety engagement is a goal that’s best addressed from multiple angles.

K-12 School Emergency Preparedness: From the Inside Out

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 7, 2021

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

What Happened at Rave Summit 2021?

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 5, 2021

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

Achieve Workplace Safety Goals with Critical HR Communications

Chris Smith - September 28, 2021

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

How Staffing Models in Healthcare Have Changed due to the COVID-19 Crisis

Julia Tasiopoulos - September 28, 2021

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

3 Ways to Simplify Safety Incident Management in Healthcare

Julia Tasiopoulos - September 28, 2021

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

Rave Notifier for Desktop: What Should You Know and How Can it Help?

Julia Tasiopoulos - September 7, 2021

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. 

September is Attendance Awareness Month for K-12 Schools

Terri Mock - September 2, 2021

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

Why Now is the Time to Review Your Internal Communications

Terri Mock - August 24, 2021

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

Rave Collaborate: Strategically Assign Tasks for Critical Incidents

Julia Tasiopoulos - August 19, 2021

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

Get to Know our CEO: 10 Questions with Todd Piett

Julia Tasiopoulos - August 17, 2021

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

Why You Should Attend Rave Summit

Amelia Marceau - August 9, 2021

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

Returning to Campus: A Peek into What the Fall Semester 2021 May Look Like

Terri Mock - July 9, 2021

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.

Resolving the Issue of Communicating Campus Evacuation Plans during a Pandemic

Terri Mock - July 6, 2021

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.

What Happens When Extreme Heat Collides with a Pandemic?

Terri Mock - July 2, 2021

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

Will People Still Mask Up Following the CDC’s Revised Guidance?

Terri Mock - June 30, 2021

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.

Will the K-12 Education System be Reinvented Following COVID-19?

Terri Mock - June 29, 2021

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?

Support a Smooth Return to the Workplace with Rave Business Safety Solutions

Terri Mock - June 25, 2021

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.

How to Best Prepare Students for a Return to Campus Life

Terri Mock - June 21, 2021

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

7 Questions to Ask about the Rave Panic Button

Julia Tasiopoulos - June 17, 2021

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.

COVID: Rave Year in Review

Terri Mock - June 16, 2021

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 Federal Communication and Collaboration Solution

Terri Mock - June 15, 2021

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.

These are the Colleges and Universities Requiring Students to Vax Before Returning

Terri Mock - June 11, 2021

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.

Temporary Opt-In for Summer Camp Programs

Terri Mock - June 10, 2021

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 Preparedness: How to Keep Your Community Safe When Seconds Matter

Kathleen Ohlson - June 9, 2021

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?

The Nature of 911 EMS Response is Changing due to ET3

Terri Mock - June 8, 2021

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.

Maintaining a Campus Culture in Potentially Fluid Circumstances

Terri Mock - June 7, 2021

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

What to Expect at Rave Summit

Noah Reiter - June 4, 2021

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

Terri Mock - June 4, 2021

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

Post-Pandemic Summer Vacations are Coming. How to Prep Your Community

Terri Mock - May 31, 2021

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.

Customer Story: How Louisiana DCFS uses Rave for SNAP Communications

Terri Mock - May 27, 2021

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.

The Role Communication Plays in Workplace Safety for Nurses

Terri Mock - May 26, 2021

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.

What Role Does Campus Safety Play in Mental Health on College Campuses?

Terri Mock - May 24, 2021

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 & IPAWS – What Are They and What Do They Mean to You?

Terri Mock - May 20, 2021

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.

Rave Survey Reveals COVID-19 and Mental Health Among Top Challenges for Upcoming Academic Year

Julia Tasiopoulos - May 19, 2021

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.

Washington is Regulating Panic Buttons For Hospitals

Terri Mock - May 19, 2021

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.

Takeaways from the 2021 Workplace Safety and Preparedness Survey

Terri Mock - May 18, 2021

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.

(More) K-12 Stimulus Funding is Coming. How Will You Spend It?

Terri Mock - May 17, 2021

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

COVID-19 Remains Top Safety Concern for Upcoming School Year

Kathleen Ohlson - May 7, 2021

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?

Mental Health Awareness Month is an Opportunity for Companies to Invest More in Trauma Programs

Terri Mock - May 5, 2021

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.

Why Nurses Need Mental Health Days

Julia Tasiopoulos - May 4, 2021

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

Thank You Public Service & EMS Professionals

Terri Mock - May 4, 2021

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.

SOC 2 HIPAA Compliance: The Process at Rave and Result

Terri Mock - May 3, 2021

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.

Webinar Recap: Funding School Safety Initiatives via Grant Programs

Terri Mock - April 30, 2021

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.

New Webinar: How to Overcome Top Public Safety Challenges

Terri Mock - April 29, 2021

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.

Is Virtual Learning Preparing Students for Remote Work?

Julia Tasiopoulos - April 29, 2021

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?

911 Education: What to Know Before You Call

Julia Tasiopoulos - April 15, 2021

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?

U.S Secret Service Analysis Shows Plots Against Schools Shared Ahead of Time

Kathleen Ohlson - April 12, 2021

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.

Do You Know How To Prepare Your Front Lines For Community Protection?

Terri Mock - April 9, 2021

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.

HR Leaders Should Evaluate Their Company Communications Software

Terri Mock - April 9, 2021

For those working in human resources, the everyday responsibilities have abruptly changed to adapt to the new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Severe Weather Safety Planning Is Important For Protecting Your Family

Terri Mock - April 7, 2021

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?

Addressing the High School Mental Health Crisis

Amelia Marceau - April 6, 2021

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.

What are Common Communication Systems in Healthcare?

Terri Mock - March 31, 2021

In order to address communication issues, improve the quality of healthcare, and enhance productivity, technological solutions started emerging for every healthcare process.

Seaboard Foods Case Study Illustrates the Versatility of the Rave Platform

Terri Mock - March 30, 2021

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.

Do Emergency Blue Light Boxes Work? The History of This Campus Safety Tool

Terri Mock - March 29, 2021

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

How Colleges Can Help Prevent Sexual Assaults on Campus

Julia Tasiopoulos - March 25, 2021

There are several strategies college or university safety managers can use to better prevent sexual assaults on campus.

Police Perception Report Reveals How Americans Rate Local Public Safety Services

Terri Mock - March 25, 2021

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.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Service Worker Safety

Terri Mock - March 24, 2021

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

What is Red Collar Crime?

Terri Mock - March 23, 2021

Red collar crime is a subgroup of white collar crime in which the perpetrator uses violence to avoid detection or prosecution.

What to Look for When Evaluating Campus Security Software

Terri Mock - March 22, 2021

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,

A Timeline of Blue Alerts, What They Are, and How They Work

Terri Mock - March 18, 2021

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 Day in the Life of a Hospital Emergency Manager

Samantha Hoppe - March 17, 2021

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.

How to Use Mass Notification With A Remote Workforce

Terri Mock - March 16, 2021

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.

What to Know about the 2021 Update to the FSA Campus Safety Handbook

Terri Mock - March 15, 2021

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.

Why Public Agencies Should Take Care Promoting 988

Terri Mock - March 11, 2021

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.

5 Tips for a Successful Joint Commission Accreditation Survey

Terri Mock - March 10, 2021

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.

Overcoming Vaccine Distribution Challenges in Your Community – Webinar Recap

Terri Mock - March 9, 2021

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.

What Corporate Communications Looks Like at Organizations That Provide Essential Services

Terri Mock - March 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of clear and accessible corporate communications – particularly by organizations that provide essential services.

Accelerating Appropriate 911 Responses in Mental Health Crises

Terri Mock - March 4, 2021

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 Rise of Visitor Management and Communication in Healthcare

Terri Mock - March 3, 2021

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.

The Role of Technology in the 5 “E’s” of Corporate Safety

Terri Mock - March 2, 2021

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.

3 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Your Campus Mass Notification System

Terri Mock - March 1, 2021

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.

How to Overcome Public Safety Challenges and Build Community Trust

Kathleen Ohlson - February 25, 2021

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.

Why Healthcare Facilities Need to Reevaluate their Emergency Messaging System

Terri Mock - February 24, 2021

Even as the industry battles ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has swiftly transformed healthcare’s communication needs and priorities.

What is SMS Opt-In for Mass Notification Systems?

Amelia Marceau - February 23, 2021

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.

When Kids are Absent from School in Ohio: Alianna Alert Law

Terri Mock - February 18, 2021

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.

Breaking Down Hospital Emergency Codes

Terri Mock - February 17, 2021

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.

The Latest on Workplace Violence Statistics

Terri Mock - February 9, 2021

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

The Obstacles Standing in the Way of Streamlined Employee Communication

Terri Mock - February 2, 2021

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.

Back to Basics: School Safety

Terri Mock - January 21, 2021

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.

4 Critical Workplace Safety Resolutions for 2021

Terri Mock - January 6, 2021

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

What is the Role of a Public Information Officer (PIO)?

Terri Mock - December 2, 2020

Public information officers (PIOs) have an extremely important duty in sharing critical information with communities in order to save lives and protect property.

Why Cyberbullying Is On The Rise with Virtual Learning

Terri Mock - November 19, 2020

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.

From PTO to RTO: How Employee Communication Has Changed in 2020

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed employee communications in 2020, with organizations updating a variety of policies, from PTO to RTO.

CARES Act Funding for Municipalities – Where’s the Money Going?

Terri Mock - October 1, 2020

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.

20 Inspirational Quotes to Share with Your Government Employees

Terri Mock - September 30, 2020

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.

4 Must-Haves To Look for in a School Alert App

Terri Mock - September 24, 2020

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.

Should Teachers be Treated Like Front-Line Workers?

Terri Mock - August 27, 2020

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.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Julia Tasiopoulos - August 26, 2020

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.

What Impact Will COVID-19 Have On College Sports?

Terri Mock - August 17, 2020

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.

What are Strike Teams and how do they Minimize COVID-19 Hot Spots in Communities?

Terri Mock - August 5, 2020

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.

How Mass Notification Helps to Identify and Communicate with Your At-Risk Population

Kathleen Ohlson - July 29, 2020

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

4 Nice Ways to Welcome Students Back to School Virtually or In-Person

Amelia Marceau - July 23, 2020

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?

Will We See Alyssa’s Law in the State of New York?

Terri Mock - April 30, 2020

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.

Managing Mental Health Remotely For K-12 Schools

Terri Mock - March 26, 2020

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

Best Practices for Business Communications during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Terri Mock - March 25, 2020

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

Terri Mock - March 25, 2020

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

Overcoming Challenges for the Aging Workforce

Terri Mock - March 24, 2020

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

What Does an Emergency Management Coordinator Do?

Terri Mock - March 18, 2020

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.

What, When, and How to Communicate with Employees about Coronavirus

Terri Mock - March 16, 2020

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.

How To Manage Parade Safety

Terri Mock - March 11, 2020

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

Employee Wellness and Workplace Safety Have Strong ROI

Julia Tasiopoulos - March 10, 2020

By approaching employee wellness and workplace safety as a strategic business investment, employers can generate ROI.

School Tips Lines Have Uncovered a Teen Mental Health Crisis

Julia Tasiopoulos - March 5, 2020

Anonymous school tip lines have uncovered another crisis that clearly must be addressed: teen suicide and mental health concerns.

Protecting Victims From Intimate Partner Stalking

Terri Mock - February 19, 2020

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.

Implementing Emergency Response Plans in Manufacturing Facilities

Terri Mock - February 11, 2020

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

Blue Lights Versus A Campus Safety App: What’s the Real Cost?

Terri Mock - February 10, 2020

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.

Why Every School Should Have A Panic Button App System

Terri Mock - January 30, 2020

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.

What is TikTok and Should Law Enforcement Get On Board?

Terri Mock - January 22, 2020

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.

Domestic Violence Statistics: How Can We Prevent and Respond?

Terri Mock - January 20, 2020

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

What are Typical School Crisis Scenario Examples?

Julia Tasiopoulos - January 2, 2020

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.

What Others Ask When Evaluating Their Next University Texting Platform

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 28, 2019

Campus safety managers should turn to key questions higher education officials ask when evaluating their next university texting platform.

The Top 20 Workplace Safety Quotes to Engage Employees

Terri Mock - October 22, 2019

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.

The 9 Best Medical Television Shows of All Time

Terri Mock - September 10, 2019

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 Top Qualities to Look for When Hiring a School Resource Officer

Samantha Hoppe - May 2, 2019

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.

The Best of the Best #ThankYou911 Posts

Terri Mock - May 1, 2019

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.

Could AI Integrations in Healthcare Help Reduce Nurse Staffing Issues?

Terri Mock - April 23, 2019

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.

How School Safety Has Changed Since the Columbine School Shooting 20 Years Ago

Todd Miller - April 18, 2019

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.

Lessons Learned from The New Zealand Shootings

Samantha Hoppe - April 17, 2019

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

Managing Hospital Safety During Nursing Strikes

Terri Mock - April 16, 2019

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

Examples of Community Policing Strategies at Work

Terri Mock - April 10, 2019

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.

What is a Soft Lockdown?

Terri Mock - March 14, 2019

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.

The Role of Panic Buttons in School Safety Drills and Emergency Response

Julia Tasiopoulos - December 6, 2018

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.

The Unfolding Reality of First Responder PTSD After Natural Disasters

Julia Tasiopoulos - October 3, 2018

Anybody can suffer PTSD following a natural disaster, but an alarming statistic has emerged relating to first responder PTSD after natural disasters.

The 7 Best 911 TV Shows Of All Time

Amelia Marceau - September 19, 2018

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.

15 Years of the Hospital Preparedness Program And Where It’s Heading

Terri Mock - September 11, 2018

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

What Is Mobile Integrated Healthcare?

Terri Mock - September 5, 2018

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.

The Cost of Controversial Speakers on College Campuses

Terri Mock - August 6, 2018

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.

Reducing Burden of Nurse to Patient Ratio in Hospitals

Terri Mock - July 3, 2018

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.

7 Internal Communication Messages to Send via Mass Notification

Terri Mock - May 22, 2018

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.

National Police Week Honors Fallen or Injured Law Enforcement

Terri Mock - May 9, 2018

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

Overcoming 5 Business Communication Challenges

Terri Mock - February 7, 2018

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

Streamlining 911 Operations with Text-from-911

Terri Mock - February 6, 2018

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.

The History of Mass Notification: From Paul Revere to Amber Alerts and Beyond

Terri Mock - January 4, 2018

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.

7 Acts of Community Policing Around The Holidays and Beyond

Terri Mock - December 15, 2017

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.

How To Harden Soft Target Locations

Todd Miller - December 6, 2017

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