What We're Talking About This Week - April 5th

Picture of Mary Kate McGrath By Mary Kate McGrath


In the News 

With workplace violence on the rise, one in seven employees don't feel safe at work. The smart city movement is undergoing a maturation, and the conversation around cities' technology use is shifting. The workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois offers many lessons about safety, such as background checks are essential and on-premise security is important. Donations are fund public safety drone for Michigan community, which is a search and rescue tool for the fire department. California's emergency alert system has been a disaster, but a statewide fix is planned. 

Key Points: 

  • Several recent disasters have raised new questions about California's emergency alert system, including the fires in Mendocino County, the mudslides in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and the Paradise fire in Butte County. 
  • In In each case, local emergency preparedness agencies failed to adequate. Experts say the failures were due to improper emergency management — administered by individual counties — that has proved outdated in an era of massive, fast-moving wildfires and other extreme weather event 
  • In the wake of unprecedented disasters over the last two years as well as demands from lawmakers Cal OES has for the first time proposed a standard set of emergency alert protocols for counties throughout the state
  • The guidelines don't public safety agencies to comply with state protocols, but a bill introduced last year would withhold state grants for emergency management support from agencies that don’t update their procedures and plans accordingly 

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

 The Prevalence of Domestic Violence in the Workplace and How to Address It

 domestic violence in the workplaceStatistics relating to domestic violence in the workplace are often out-of-date and generally unreliable. Nonetheless, the issue undoubtedly exists, and businesses have a legal obligation to address the impact of domestic violence on victims, as well as the financial motivation for doing so.


What Emergency Managers Can Learn From the Midwest Historic Flooding

farm In the early Spring of 2019, snowmelt from the “bomb cyclone” and heavy rainfall resulted in record flooding to the midwest region of the United States. As with many climate-change related disasters, emergency managers can learn from the midwest historic flooding and how to protect residents amid unprecedented destruction. 


Why Communication Technology is as Vital as Traditional Security Solutions in Schools

communication technology is just as vital as traditional security solutions in schoolsAt the recent NSCA Business and Leadership Conference, Michele Gay, the mother of a victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting, gave a keynote speech in which she told delegates that communication technology is just as vital as traditional security solutions in schools.



Rave In The News

After a University of South Carolina student was killed by a man police say she mistook for her Uber driver, the president of the school is pleading with students who use the ride-sharing app to take precautions. The University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides launched the "What's My Name" campaign, urging students to be more vigilent when scheduling rides at night. In a note to students, the president urged them to "travel in groups, stay together and stay in well-lit areas." Pastides encouraged students to download the RAVE Guardian safety app, which acts as a virtual guardian and allows users to send confidential tips on unsafe situations or suspicious behavior and discreetly call 911 with the push of a button. 

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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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