What We're Talking About This Week - July 12th

Picture of Mary Kate McGrath By Mary Kate McGrath


In The News 

The University of Central Florida's emergency management degree programs are evolving with the times, and students are filling the ranks of emergency management professionals. The U.S. department of education is now accepting applications for three grant competitions that support locally tailored approaches to school safety. Across the United States, cybersecurity leaders are preparing for a new decade of threats. As healthcare goes digital, consumer engagement and experience are improving. The psychological and physical traumas of workplace bullying are undeniable, and may be underreported. 

Key Points: 

  • According to a 2017 WBI U.S. Workforce Bullying survey, on average, 60.3 million U.S. workers have been affected by workplace bullying in some form. More than 14.5 million workers are experiencing workplace bullying at this moment, and more than 15 million have experienced it in the past 
  • Only a few states have introduced legislation against bullying. Thirty U.S. states and two territories have filed variations of The Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB), but have not enacted the bill into law 
  • The WBI report notes that a large majority do not formally report abusive conduct, with only 18 percent formally report experiences to their employers. 29 percent remain silent and 53 percent informally report the bullying 
  • There are many proactive measures a workplace can take to prevent bullying, including implementing a a written workplace bullying prevention program and reporting requirements, including strict and outlined procedures 

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

Safe and Sound Schools Releases the State of School Safety Report 2019

state of school safety report 2019Safe and Sound Schools' State of School Safety Report 2019 reveals disparities still exist in how school safety is perceived by students, parents, educators, public safety officials, and the general community. The key takeaway is that the failure to communicate school safety measures leaves students and parents in the dark. 


Texas Is Leading The Way in Recognizing Telecommunicators as "First Responders"

shutterstock_606493412When you think of first responders, do you think about police officers, firefighters, and EMTs? But what about 9-1-1 telecommunicators? Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, recently signed a bill that would change the definition of a first responder to include telecommunicators who provide emergency communication services. This makes the state the first to lead the way in recognizing telecommunicators as first responders.


A Day Inside The Storm Prediction Center

Storm Prediction CenterBefore you hear about any severe weather event on the news, a group of government meteorologists in Norman, OK have carefully tracked and studied its every move. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is a part of the National Weather Service (NWS). The threat of severe weather continues to grow in the United States, making the Storm Prediction Center more and more vital for millions of Americans. 


Rave In The News

The Sussex Technical School District in Georgetown, Delaware will be the first in the county to use a mobile safety app which will keep students and staff safe. District County staff will be using the Rave Panic Button App in partnership with the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center to decrease response times, alert responders to a specific campus location, and notify staff members on site. The app can notify first responders about the exact building where an emergency has occurred. As it is calling 9-1-1, the app simultaneously sends out a notification to staff members to alert them of an emergency need, such as fire, medical, police, active assailant, or other.

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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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