What We're Talking About This Week - January 17th

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Oklahoma Senator Weaver R. Moore filed a bill to address workplace violence in healthcare, meant to protect medical professionals amid disproportionate risks. Facial recognition ban in Cambridge, Massachussetts, marks a trend, with a growing cohort of communities moving to ban the technology. New York lawmakers are calling for increased security in non-public schools, hoping to make Jewish educational institutions safer in the wake of recent anti-semitic attacks. Leutienent John Weinstein shared 11 tips to prepare for an active-shooter incident, created from knowledge as a commander. Wildfire technology and cybersecurity upgrades in California's 2020 budget, including allocations for technology programs. 

Key Points: 
  • The California's $222 billion budget proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom focuses most prominently on addressing the state’s shortages of teachers, housing and health care, it also includes several new allocations for technology programs that promise to improve network security and augment emergency response for a state with an ever-widening wildfire season. 
  • The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, would get an additional $120 million next year, rising to $150 million in subsequent years for additional resources, including hiring new firefighters and adding more engines to to the state’s firefighting fleet.
  • The budget also proposes the creation of a new Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center to analyze wildfire risk, a collaboration between the California Department of Technology, the state Office of Emergency Services, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Military Department.
  • Investments would pile onto two experimental firefighting technologies now being tested: software that predicts where active blazes will spread and an ignition-detection system that relies on aerial sensors.

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.

Recap: The 2020 Higher Ed Spending Package

higher-education budget On Thursday, December 12, the United States Senate approved the 2020 Education Spending Package, allocating a $1.4 trillion spending package that will boost funds for certain higher education inititatives, as per the Washington Post. Despite initial proposed cuts and concern about funding for programs such as the Federal Work Study or Pell Grants, higher-education associations and advocates are satisfied with the final budget, according to Education Dive. Efforts to ease affordability and prioritize funding for minority-serving institutions, such as historically-black colleges and universities or tribally controlled-colleges and universities, are central to the 72.8 billion in discretionary funds set aside for higher-education in the spending package. 

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Mandatory Silent Panic Button Alarms are Gaining Traction: Alyssa's Law in Florida

Alyssa's Law in Florida - School BuildingSchool shootings have unfortunately become a regular tragedy in the United States. These shocking active shooter incidents may have sparked fears and anxieties for young students, but they have also kick-started urgent conversations to improve school safety in K-12 schools across the county. Following one of the deadliest school shootings in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida state lawmakers have taken action to improve campus safety by implementing mandatory monthly active shooter drills as well as armed security guards at every school in the state.

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Public Safety Predictions for 2020

public safety trends Each year, public safety leaders face new security concerns, from rising rates of gun violence to increasingly frequent and destructive natural disasters. Rising to meet these challenges will require local officials and first responders to create comprehensive, forward-thinking safety plans, embracing new and innovative solutions. In order to better prepare to protect your community, it's important to note several key public safety predictions for 2020. Taking time to understand the strategies, organizations, and technologies at the forefront of the public safety field will help build a stronger, even more sustainable safety plan for the year. 

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Rave In The News 

In the coming year, it's likely that AI will make substantial strides, causing positive changes to specific industries and adapting how they function at an elementary level. Forbes experts who touch on the sectors that may benefit the most from AI in the coming year and why the technology is so crucial to those field. Rave Mobile Safety CEO Todd Piett spoke to how AI will affect public safety, saying, "Public safety will see the greatest adoption of AI in the years ahead—from cost and speed efficiencies in the handling of emergency calls for service to early identification of public health risks." 

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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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