What We're Talking About This Week - January 11th

Picture of Mary Kate McGrath By Mary Kate McGrath


In the News 

In many cities in the United States, data is helping address rising rates of homelessness. The data can help metropolitan areas manage safety for these vulnerable populations. Fairfax County will host public information meetings about its use of Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft systems (UAS). The technology used in emergency dispatch centers have failed to upgrade and keep pace with the needs of residents. Mobile technology has changed the way that people contact 911, and aging 911 centers are finally starting to see video and text upgrades are helping with response. 

Key Points: 

  • PSAP systems are getting critical upgrades following ciricism of aging 911 systems, turning 50 this year 
  • The past two decades, as wireless technology has rapidly advanced, experts have questioned why America's most crucial communication system continues to struggle to keep pace.
  • Local governments pay for 911 centers, which has led to a “patchwork implementation” of technology. So one county may have the latest equipment -- with text and video capabilities -- a nearby county or municipality could have aging technology that impedes its ability to immediately locate a caller.
  • When residents dial 911 in areas with the updated technology, communications officers can send a link to the caller’s phone, which enables video live streaming or texting.

This Week From the Rave Team 


Key Personnel To Have On Campus During an Emergency 

campus winter storm

Every college and university has unique challenges when it comes to managing emergencies on campus. Having the right key personnel on campus during an emergency and an effective emergency response plans in place help to mitigate potential issues.



Why Is It Harder For Healthcare Facilities to Defend Against Active Shooter Threats 

active shooter threatsHealthcare facilities find it harder to defend against active shooter threats than other soft targets because shooters in healthcare environments often have more personal targets and an apparently lawful purpose for entering the facility. The issue can be further complicated by healthcare providers remaining with vulnerable and elderly patients, and placing themselves at risk of injury.


Avoiding Mass Notification Failures During Winter Storms 

avoiding mass notification failuresA recent winter storm brought to light several best practices that should be followed in avoiding mass notification failures. In November 2018, New York City was hit with a surprise snowstorm that caused significant public transportation delays and inconvenienced residents in all five boroughs. Here's how to avoid mass notification failures during winter storms, even one of this magnitude that defies predictions. 


Rave In The News 

In San Luis Obispo, the county sheriff's office has announced that Smart911 will be available for residents. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to sign up online and to provide key information to 9-1-1 dispatchers that can be valuable during an emergency. When a resident makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is shown to the emergency dispatch team along with any informatoin they disclosed, such as home addresses, mobile or home phone numbers, medical conditions, medications, pets, enmergency contacts, or photos of family members. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call. 

Read the whole storyhttps://pasoroblesdailynews.com/sheriffs-office-announces-smart-911-program/90205/ https://pasoroblesdailynews.com/sheriffs-office-announces-smart-911-program/90205/

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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