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What We're Talking About This Week - January 3rd

Responders get hands-on look at latest tech as part of the Operation Convergent Response excercise in Perry, Georgia. Campus Safety Magazine compiled a list of 6 things to consider for your campus video surveillance data storage, ensuring capabilities are up to par. Amid disasters, California upgraded emergency sirens, with a backup battery that can survivie PG&E power outages as well as cellphone network failures. An audit of Wisconsin schools found few plans for parent-student reunification, finding 85% of schools address six out of seven emergency situations. In Pasadena, California, a fiber network is being used to monitor earthquakes as part of a five-year collaboration with CalTech. 

Key Points: 

  • The city of Pasadena, California, plans to use its existing network of fiber-optic cables to help researchers at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) study regional earthquake activity. 
  • The city recently entered into a five-year contract with the school's Seismological Laboratory, which specializes in collecting and analyzing data related to the dynamics and structure of the Earth. 
  • This science lends itself to emergency preparedness in a unique way: by understanding the underground landscape researchers can map geographic vulnerabilities, locating areas that might be more predisposed to damage during a seismic event. This allows officials to better prepare those areas of their community for a potential event much further in advance. 
  • "What it stands to provide is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, or block-by-block basis [to know] what kind of damage could be taking place [in the event of an earthquake]. It maps out the underlying geology of the city." the city's cheif information officer said. 

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.

How Schools Can Be Prepared for Vaping Medical Emergencies

3 vaping devicesHeadlines across the United States have both scared and warned children and young adults of the dangers of vaping. Typically, e-cigarettes and vapes had been considered a healthier alternative to prevent smoking and had also been used to help smokers kick their habit. Unfortunately, in recent years there have been over 1,300 cases of mysterious lung illnesses related to vaping in 49 states, and the official vaping death toll stands at 26 as of October 2019, according to Duva Sawko. As younger generations have been known to use various vaping products, it’s extremely important for K-12 schools to understand what vaping is, the health risks associated, and what to do if there is a vaping medical emergency on school grounds.

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Campus Safety Teams Can Collaborate with Criminal Justice Students

campus safety-1In Oct. of 2015, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign identified a unique campus safety opportunity, establishing a Student Patrol program, as per Illinois News Bureau. By training students to perform a range of safety activities on campus, including a SafeWalks program which provides walking escorts at night for any student, faculty, or staff member, the University of Illinois police officers are able to further boost security on campus. The program provides a mutual benefit, with hands-on career training for students interested in criminal justice, making up for a lack of curriculum that may be offered on campus. Even for schools without a designated criminal justice degree, campus safety teams can collaborate with students who have an interest in the field, boosting community safety and providing valuable professional development for students.

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What are Typical School Crisis Scenario Examples?

shutterstock_253351462Compiling a list of typical school crisis scenario examples can be difficult for two reasons. Firstly, two individuals may not share the same definition of “crisis”, and - secondly - what may be “typical” for one area of the country may not be typical for another.These potential difficulties are addressed by the Department of Education in the introduction to its “Practical Information for Crisis Planning” guide. Discussing what constitutes a crisis, the guide uses the Merriam-Webster definition - “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome” - and applies it to any incident that may directly or indirectly affect any number of people, from a single student to an entire community.

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Rave In The News 

Rave Mobile Safety CEO Todd Piett shares what he believes will be the biggest public safety and emergency communications trends in the coming year. Establishing clear and open lines of communication is among the most critical component of any emergency response operation. Emergency communications and public safety technology are vital to providing 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations to organizations, municipalities, K-12 school and higher education institutions, among other end users. A leading provider in the emergency communications field is Rave Mobile Safety.ith constant feedback from the company’s array of partners and customers, Rave strives to keep abreast of the latest trends and challenges, as well as what’s about to be the next big thing in the industry.

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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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