Our Top 10 Blog Posts In 2017

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This year was difficult for public safety managers. The United States faced unprecedented threats and law enforcement, first responders, and other security professionals are dealing with new obstacles when it comes to keeping communities safe. The events of this year were trying, but safety managers are exploring new ways to meet these challenges and improve public safety. For many, technology has become a key component of a comprehensive security plan.

Technology offers innovative solutions to protect communities, schools, healthcare facilities, and corporate campuses. The end of the year is a time for reflection and in 2017, the Rave Mobile Safety blog published content that commented on technology’s role in current events, examined trends in security management, and proposed potential solutions to complex security problems. These posts included a look at the dire opioid crisis, thoughts on protecting vulnerable populations from hurricanes and other emergency situations, how indoor mapping might improve emergency response time, and more.

It’s time to look back at the year and compile the best blog posts we felt were the most relevant, educational, or insightful. Hopefully, you enjoyed them just as much as we did.

Before you start to create a safety management plan for the New Year, revisit our top ten. Here’s the list:

1. Panic Button Systems for Schools Saves Lives During Emergencies

In a recent study on school violence by the Center for Disease Control – Division of Violence Prevention, 16% of K-12 students reported carrying a weapon of some sort to school at least once in the previous month. 5% reported carrying a gun to school over the same time period. This blog gives insight into the safety challenges that schools face, and offers three scenarios in which a panic button system saved lives.

2. Smarter Year End Budgeting Solutions

When allocating end of year funds, businesses should consider communication tools that have the potential to make a significant impact on employee safety. It’s an investment that might not cost as much as you think, and this end-of-year smarter spending guide could change your budgeting strategy.

3. Managing Vulnerable Populations and Infrastructure Resiliency

Plans for successfully managing vulnerable populations should be as detailed as community infrastructure resilience programs. Unfortunately, limited resources complicate this initiative. Rave CEO Todd Piett takes a closer look at the challenges of managing substantial vulnerable populations.

4. The Latest on Workplace Violence Statistics

The latest workplace violence statistics are noteworthy, demonstrating a clear need for the corporate sector to evaluate their safety management plans. Nearly 2 million U.S. workers will become victims of workplace violence, yet 25% of all companies are prepared for an active shooter. This is just one of the important statistics that business owners and human resource managers working in the private sector should be aware of.

5. Texting 9-1-1 Proves Lifesaving in Family Violence Cases

Victims of family or domestic violence often fear they will put themselves at greater risk of harm by making a phone call and verbally communicating with 9-1-1. The majority of victims will opt to communicate silently with authorities via text message if the option is available. These are three scenarios where 9-1-1 texting was a vital way for victims of family violence to seek help.

This blog highlights the importance of 9-1-1 texting, but it also lets readers know how they can join the fight against domestic violence. These are 4 crucial ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the people in your community from family violence.

6. Mapping Indoor Spaces For Emergency Response

Is indoor mapping an effective strategy or an unattainable frontier? Indoor mapping is not a design requirement for buildings, as there’s no commercial interest. However, fire marshals and building inspectors can enlist the community to provide this data, making it a feasible solution. Learn more about how crowdsourced indoor mapping data can be gathered.

7. Drug Overdose Deaths Plaguing the Nation

In October, the United States’ government declared the Opioid Epidemic, which kills 142 people a day nationwide, a Public Health Emergency. This blog provides a brief history of the drug crisis and explores what it would take to combat the crisis. We also look at how public health officials and emergency managers are leveraging technology to address the crisis and minimize future damage.

8. Emergency Alert System Tips to Comply with Clery Act Requirements

These emergency alert system tips help will help you enhance your mass communication strategy and comply with the requirements of the Clery Act. Meeting the requirements of the communications portion of the Clery Act can be difficult, especially for federally-funded universities with multiples campuses at different locations. With these three best practices, you can make sure your campus meets the mass communication requirements under the Clery Act.

9. What Does a Crisis Management Plan Mean for Cities Like Miami?

How does a city like Miami build a successful crisis management plan despite the unpredictable severe weather, a rapidly increasing population, and other major challenges? The city prioritizes emergency planning, enhancing community readiness, and leveraging technology for safety purposes. Similar cities continue to adapt their plans by leveraging technological tools and data.

10. Why UX Matters When it Comes to Critical Safety Communications

When it comes to critical communications, UX matters. During product development one of the most important processes, next to performance, is the design. This blog explores why and the implications for mobile safety platforms.

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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