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What We're Talking About This Week - February 14th

In The News 

Police departments are toning down the law enforcement, and offering drug users recovery help instead, but convincing drug users to accept the help is not easy. Campus Safety Magazine compiled the 6 types of employees and how digital signage impacts them, as understanding these common employee types will help your organization design an effective digital signage strategy. Leaders who survived shootings at their schools reflected on their experiences, sharing 6 lessons principals learned in the wake of school shootings.In the wake of attacks on religious centers in recent years, houses of worhip are struggling to balance security and belief.

Key Points: 

  • Attacks on houses of worship in recent years have left congregations grappling with how to respond. Some have hired armed guards or trained members to carry weapons, but others have resisted the idea of allowing guns inside houses of worship. 
  • In the past two years, gunmen have attacked worshippers in cities across the country, including Pittsburgh, where a man stormed a synagogue and killed 11 people, and Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed during services at a Baptist church.
  • Members of Nusach Hari B'nai Zion synagogue in Olivette, Mo., went through active shooter training and worked with the local police department to assess their facility for possible security risks. They also hired armed guards, which Smason compared to "having a lock on your front door."
  • In 2018, an interfaith coalition of religious leaders led by St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson spoke out against a Missouri house bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons into houses of worship without permission from clergy. 

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.

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

emergency call button-1Back in the 1990s, the United States Department of Education passed the Clery Act, which requires all higher education institutions receiving federal funding to disclose incidents of crime on campus. During the same decade, college and university campuses installed emergency call-light boxes in an effort to improve student safety. Now, emergency blue light boxes have become a symbol of safety on campus, and may feel like an essential part of a college of 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. 


Implementing Emergency Response Plans in Manufacturing Facilities

manufacturing emergency response planIt’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 injury on the job to have a comprehensive emergency response plan. Those working in the manufacturing industry are often exposed to workplace hazards that could cause extreme injury or even death, which is why being prepared for emergencies within the workplace is paramount.


K-12 High School Drug and Alcohol Testing

drug free school zone drug testingThe time spent in high school is often considered the most formative years in the lives of adolescents and teenagers. There’s prom, college admissions and decisions, lasting friendships and so much more. As we enter the new decade, that’s starting to change. While the national opioid epidemic has somewhat missed many high school students across the United States, those who are impacted by the opioid crisis and those who aren't still face other several public health threats today.


Rave In The News

As a part of South Carolina State University’s ongoing commitment to campus safety, its Department of Campus Safety has announced that it has launched Rave Guardian, a free mobile app produced by Rave Mobile Safety, that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. By downloading this free safety app, students, faculty and staff can enhance their personal safety while on campus. With Rave Guardian, users can create a profile of information about themselves and invite family and friends (Guardians) to their safety network. When needed, the user can request one or more of their Guardians to virtually walk with them on or off campus. Rave Guardian is similar to having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend at all times.

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Mary Kate McGrath
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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