What We're Talking About This Week - May 31st

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According to Campus Safety Magazine, there are several general steps to consider when creating a hospital emergency plan that goes beyond natural disasters and utility failures. In Birmingham, Alabama, leaders have proposed a $1.5 million plan to fund a state-of-the-art crime-monitoring center where police would have access to streaming surveillance feeds, license plate readers and other intelligence data. If police departments keep a strong focus on people, promises, and trust, changing approach to public safety in smart cities via strategically deployed technology will be possible. Across the United States, tornado outbreaks are a reminder to make smartphones disaster ready

Key Points: 

  • Tornadoes have torn their way across the country as the natural disaster season starts, leaving hundreds displaced from their homes and lives in disarray.
  • In any disaster preparedness plan, you should start with the basics: necessities such as medicine, extra food and water, but it is also important to keep the electronics fully charged so they are ready to go and accessible when disaster strikes
  • Keep physical copies of important documents places outside of the area affected by the natural disaster and the original documents in a go-bag, preferably in waterproof protection. However, if storage elsewhere is not possible, there are ways to keep these documents safe using technology 
  • After the immediate emergency has subsided, contacting loved ones and emergency services can be difficult depending on the damage done and the havoc wreaked. If wireless service is available, call, text or post on traditional social media to alert others of your safety. There are also apps that allow others to see your location and know you are OK.

This Week From The Rave Team 

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In The News

Denver’s 911 operators celebrated a move Wednesday, trading a cramped room in an old building in Capitol Hill to a new high-tech space with plenty of elbow room in Montbello. But the expanded space isn’t just about extra room for employees. The new facility allows operators to respond faster to calls through improved technology, said Athena Butler, Denver’s 911 director. In 2016, the communications center started receiving texts for service to 911 — about 1,200 texts per year, and in 2017, started using the Smart911 mobile app for service calls. The facility’s technology is some of the best in the city and exceeds requirements for emergency communication centers across the country, 

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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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