In The News This Week
This week in industry news, IoT Agenda published a piece on how the tech industry can help us become better prepared for the instantaneous challenges of a natural disaster - and help us recover quicker in their wake.
- Smart irrigation systems can help protect infrastructure during a wildfire. New exterior sprinkler systems can be triggered by rising temperatures or surpassing a preestablished heat and humidity threshold.
- Through machine learning, technology can now predict the timing and severity of a natural disaster, including a detailed analysis of its potential social and economic effect - crucial for emergency management officials.
- Minor construction changes to your community's infrastructure might be the quick enhancement you need to protect against the tremors of an earthquake.
Early warning systems are key to mitigating the impact of natural disasters. If these tech solutions are not currently available in your community, there are plenty of other innovate public safety strategies you can explore to better protect residents who may require additional assistance during an emergency.
This Week From the Rave Team
Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog.
Patriots Receiver Julian Edelman Helps Stop Potential School Shooter
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is being praised for his quick actions in preventing what could have been then 18th school shooting in 2018. Edelman was visiting former teammate Danny Amendola in Texas late last month when he received a disturbing message on social media from one of his followers prompting him to reach out to law enforcement. A 14-year-old boy was later arrested in Port Huron, Michigan for creating false threats of terrorism.
Texting 9-1-1 Proves Lifesaving in Family Violence Cases
Victims of family violence often fear they will put themselves at greater risk of harm by making a phone call and verbally communicating with 9-1-1. It has become clear that the majority of victims will opt to communicate silently with authorities via text message if the option is available. There have been dozens of cases where 9-1-1 texting has proved life-saving in domestic violence situations. The following stories form a small sample of these instances.
Rave in the News
The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA has taken serious steps to improving the relationship between students and the administration. UMW recently started a forum series called "UMW: Can We Talk", where university officials sit on a panel and here complaints, concerns, and ideas from students.
Previous forums have focused on the lack of diversity among university faculty and the type of content being discussed in class. The topic for the next "UMW: Can We Talk" forum, which is happening this afternoon, will be on student safety.There will be a 30 minutes presentation on campus security, active shooting situations, faculty obligations in a crisis, and services provided by campus police, including the Rave Guardian Safety App, a 24/7 service used by campus police. The Chief of University Police Michael Hall hopes this forum will open a dialogue where safety officers can hear directly from students about what needs to be improved for them to feel safe on campus.
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