What We're Talking About This Week - June 28th

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In The News 

In California, the state presented a certificate of commendation to the UC Davis’ Veterinary Emergency Response Team, or VERT, recognizing their efforts to rescue animals during the Camp Fire. Leon County, Florida, is saving lives by digitizing emergency response, using GIS technology and dashboardsto gather and analyze response data. Technology is making it easier to find missing people, with more  U.S. teams are turning to the technology that combines cellphone GPS with digital maps detailing cliffs, caves, waterways and other hard-to-search terrain. Campus security departments across the country are hoping to help freshmen be mindful of crime prevention by integrating information sessions into orientation.

Key Points: 

  • Freshman living on campus for the first time are especially susceptible to crimes like burgalry and theft, but on some campuses, safety teams are helping students learn crime-prevention early on 
  • According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 6,716 reported burglaries in campus residence halls and 5,299 reported in other areas of campus throughout the U.S. in 2016. There were also 1,106 total on-campus robberies 
  • The issue of stealing wallets, not just in the hopes of finding cash but credit cards as well as student and government IDs for the purpose of identity theft -- has become an increasing trend at universities
  • Informing students early on about crime trends at their university poises them to be more successful at crime prevention 

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 to Improve Hospital Patient Safety Grades

hospital patient safety gradesAs many as 440,000 people die every year from hospital errors, injuries, accidents, and infection, according to the Leapfrog Group. The non profit organization created the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade which has quickly become a gold standard in measuring patient safety. Everything from barcode medication administration to leadership structure to doctor and nurse communication was considered for a grade.

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Interesting Workplace Tech You Didn't Know Existed

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Document processing. Manual data entry. Cumbersome file sharing. Workplace technology continues to change the way we work, allowing employees to work smarter. Chief information officers are now faced with more options that ever for what their company should invest in. The workplace is evolving at an ever-accelerating rate, which means that the capabilities of workplace technology are too. New technology is constantly coming out with the aim to upgrade some aspect of work life. 

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Are Church Massacres in the United States On The Rise?

candlelight after church massacreDepending on what database you use as your source, there have been six church massacres in the United States since 1982 (Mother Jones database), ten mass shootings at places of worship since 1980, or eighteen fatal attacks on Christian churches since 1999 (Facts and Trends database). If you try to identify trends from these statistics, church massacres in the United States are definitely on the rise (Mother Jones), about the same as they have always been or were far worse ten years ago than they are today (Facts and Trends).

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Rave In The News 

Rave Mobile Safety’s over-the-top software solution soon will support live video streaming, allowing 911 dispatchers or other public-safety officials to initiate a streaming session from a 911 caller or someone else with a smart device that is in the vicinity of an incident. Demonstrated earlier this month at the NENA 2019 event in Orlando, the live-streaming capability has been used in initial testing by several Rave Mobile Safety clients during the past six months. Beta testing of the feature is ongoing, and live video streaming functionality is expected to be generally available by the end of the year. 

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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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