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

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A short documentary took viewers behind the scenes of being a 911 operator, revealing the intense demands of the job and the concomitant stress that plagues many emergency dispatchers. Campus Safety Magazine propose 5 safety strategies for campuses that host youth programs, teaching higher education institutions how to manage safety and security for visitors. Workplace safety requires leaders invested in the long run instead of resorting to "quick-fix" solutions. Graduation season comes with large crowds and potential for security threats, and there four factors your graduation security plan should include

Key Points: 

  • Preparing for a college graduation takes weeks of preparation, implementing a unified approach and including all stakeholders from the beginning is key. Once you have identified who the stakeholders are, be sure to bring all parties together early on in the process to develop a comprehensive plan.
  • By adding several outer layers of security, you are decreasing the likelihood of an ill-intentioned person gaining access to space where the graduation is being held.
  • Having certain security measures in place have proven to mitigate security threats.
  • Advance communication through ticketing outlets, social media or your website can make a significant difference. Utilize your social media platforms to communicate security measures that are being taken on campus.

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

A Closer Look at Severe Weather Preparedness at a Large Hospital

large hospital storm responseManaging safety during severe weather preparedness can be difficult for any healthcare facility, but coordinating emergency communications and response is particularly difficult for large hospitals with multiple campuses. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas, leaving residents in Houston and the surrounding area to deal with unprecedented flooding. Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. During Hurricane Harvey, TMC managed to maintain operations and continuity of patient care.

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Should More Corporate Safety Plans Adopt National Incident Command System Components?

national incident command systemMany corporate safety plans are “isolated” inasmuch as they deal with how organizations will respond individually in an emergency. However, when adopting components of the National Incident Command System, organizations can benefit from a unified, multi-agency response to an emergency. A corporate safety plan should include specific procedures for how the organization will react in reasonably-anticipated workplace emergencies and assign responsibilities in areas such as communication, response management, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

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The Top Qualities to Look for When Hiring a School Resource Officer

Hiring a School Resource OfficerHiring a School Resource OfficerThe United States Department of Justice defines School resource officers (SRO) as “a career law enforcement officer with sworn authority who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work in collaboration with one or more schools.”The first step in becoming a school resource officer is to become a sworn, career law enforcement officer. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) recommends at least 40 hours of specialized training in school policing. But the position requires much more than what can be learned in training. 

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Rave In The News

Rave Mobile Safety announced it has received a significant investment from TCV, one of the largest growth equity firms backing private and public technology companies.  The investment and expertise from TCV will help Rave fuel its product innovation and growth plans and position the company to continue to build on its market-leading portfolio of communication solutions deployed by top education and healthcare institutions, enterprises, and state and local public safety agencies. The company will continue to be a leading provider of critical communication and data platform solutions trusted to save lives. 

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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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