What We're Talking About This Week - March 1st

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In the News 

As technology erases borders between disciplines, partnerships between IT and Physical Security improve campus safety. When there is an emergency, confusion often creates more stress, especially when people don’t have all the information they need. Here are 4 steps HR teams should take to prepare emergency communications. More than 3 million (mostly senior) consumers own medical-alert devices, but these may not be as reliable as people think, so here's what to know before buying a medical alert deviceThe Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Initiative is developing dispatcher mutual aid for disaster response. 

Key Points: 

  • With the increased amount of large-scale incidents and major disasters from fire, flood, and weather in recent years, proficient emergency communications have become even more significant than ever. But what happens when a 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) becomes overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of incoming calls during a disaster?
  • To address this need, Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) programs began developing at the state level in 2001 and by 2005 became credentialed by the National Incident Management System
  • TERT dispatchers who qualify for these teams must complete FEMA-certified training courses and have authorization from their home agencies to deploy. Since the program was formalized in 2009, dispatcher mutual aid teams have responded to dozens of major emergencie
  • The concept of large scale PSAP mutual aid had been used in Florida following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which resulted in a formal program within the state in 1993. But it took another decade before the concept was established as an active resource, and then embraced on a national level. 

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

What Are Urgent Communications to Employees?

Urgent Communications to EmployeesWorkplaces everywhere are exploring ways to improve employee communication. From improving executive leadership transparency to communicating healthcare benefits, workplaces are constantly looking for ways to optimize the delivery and receipt of key messages. One emerging area of workplace communication involves urgent communications.

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How the Federal Government IT Budget is Spent

Federal Government IT BudgetThe federal government's IT budget is one of the largest in the world. This year more than $45 billion will be shared between twenty-five federal agencies - not including the Department of Defense or “classified spending”. But, how is the federal government IT budget spent? And could it be spent any better? Here's what to know about how these funds are spent. 

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How New Jersey Can Save Money Complying With Alyssa's Law 

The Cost of Complying with Alyssa´s LawEarlier this month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill A764 into law. The Bill - also known as Alyssa's Law - requires the state's public schools to install silent panic buttons. The cost of compliance has been estimated at between $2.5 million and $12.5 million. Here's how New Jersey can save money while complying with Alyssa's law. 

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Rave In the News 

Security Today published the findings of the 2019 Workplace Safety and Preparedness Survery from Rave Mobile Safety. The survey discusses latest state of safety in the corporate environment, as well as what communication changes companies have made and what shortcomings still exist from the last year. "The survey gives great insight into how employees feel about their level of safety at work in the event of a possible emergency situation, but also demonstrates the disconnect that still exists between the communications channels employers use to inform their employees during emergencies and the way employees prefer to receive this information," said Todd Piett, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. 

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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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