What We're Talking About This Week - February 7th

In the News 

A school district in New York City adopted facial recognition technology, and was met with opposition from residents with privacy and bias concerns. A memorial in Chicago honors victims of gun violence, which 700 peopl in the United States die from each week. Research shows twice as many people lack broadband access as the FCC thinks, estimating 42 million U.S. residents lack access ot broadband internet. Imaging technology is helping firefighters in Glendale, California, allowing first responders to see body heat through thick smoke. School tip-lines uncovered a teen suicide crisis, with police saying anonymous reporting systems have helped them save the lives of suicidal teens. 

Key Points: 

  • Across the country, as officials look for ways to prevent school shootings, states have started tip lines — websites, apps and phone numbers that let students anonymously report concerns about classmates.
  • In many places, reports of students self-harming or feeling suicidal have far outpaced the number of threats against schools, according to annual reports compiled by state agencies, forcing communities to confront a different kind of crisis.
  • The number of children who took their own lives nearly doubled from 2007 to 2017, when there were 3,008 suicides among people ages 10 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Psychologists and counselors say these figures, and the data from the tip lines, should be a wake-up call to a far more likely threat that has not received the same urgent focus.

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.

Are Clear Bag Policies Becoming Standard on Higher Ed Campuses?

clear bag policyIn December of 2019, Boise State announced that a clear bag policy would take effect at Albertson’s Football Stadium at the end of the year, according to Idaho News. Fans will be permitted to bring one clear or vinyl plastic bag, package, or container that does not exceed 12x 6 x 12 inches; a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, or a clear purse, bag, or clutch no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches into the facility.Boise State is just the latest college or university to prohibit opaque bags for major sporting events, as clear bag policies are becoming standard on higher education campuses. 


What You Need to Know about the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

healthcare workplace violenceThe Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act calls for the Secretary of Labor to promulgate a final standard for workplace violence prevention that is at least as comprehensive as OSHA's “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers”. OSHA's guidelines address underreporting of workplace violence in the healthcare industry by advocating a system of recordkeeping and program evaluation. 


Pandemic Preparedness: What Communities Can Do with News of Coronavirus

coronavirusThe world is on edge after the news of the coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) has now spread internationally from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, impacting several countries, including the United States. Originally, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Unfortunately, a growing number of patients have not had exposure to animal markets, which now indicates a person-to-person spread is occurring, according to the CDC. The coronavirus is still new, and at this time the CDC is still unsure about how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Here's what communities can do with news of coronavirus to mitigate the disease's impact. 


Rave In The News 

Noah Reiter, VP of Customer Success at Rave Mobile Safety, talked to Campus Security & Life Magazine about how emergency officials are faced with the challenge of making sure their messages are received by residents, employees or students, as well as how segmentation can help cut through the noise."Even with all the new modes of communicating with each other and the public, emergency officials still are faced with the challenge of making sure their messages are received," Reiter wrote. "This factor makes segmentation features a crucial aspect to today’s new emergency technologies. The ability to segment populations can help avoid alert fatigue, ensure the message gets to the correct people and build credibility as an institution." 

Read the whole story here. 

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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