What We're Talking About This Week - October 18th

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Forbes compiled 5 ways to secure your business during hurricane season, from risk assessment to business continuity plan. The ethics of using facial recognition in schools are delicate, as systems which monitor the behavior of students have drawn privacy concerns and critics. Efficient Gov published a guide for finding and securing fire safety grants for education, sharing local, national, non-profit, and corporate opportunities. In New Jersey, one hospital is combatting healthcare workplace violence with people and weapons screening. The Department of Education awarded millions in funding for school safety, with the majority of the grants going toward improving school climate, violence prevention, and mental health resources. California to unveil early warning earthquake system on Thursday, the first statewide system dedicated to quake detection. 

Key Points: 

  • Emergency response authorities in California plan to unveil the first statewide quake warning system Thursday, which marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
  • The warnings will be issued in two ways: a cellphone app called MyShake and the more traditional wireless notification system that sends out Amber Alerts. The California Earthquake Early Warning System is a joint project of the Office of Emergency Service, the U.S. Geological Service, UC Berkeley, CalTech, and others 
  • The system uses seismic monitoring sensors located throughout the state set to detect the start of a quake. That information moves through high-speed communications pathways to computers that identity the location and strength of a quake and then sends out alerts before severe shaking occurs in an area 
  • The system was tested this week when residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and Central California were jolted by a magnitude 4.5 quake and a 4.7 quake respectively.

    Authorities say the system is promising but far from perfect 

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

What Do Hospitals Do During Severe Weather Event Closings?

large hospital storm responseDuring a major storm or severe weather event, hospitals must decide between conducting an emergency evacuation or opting to shelter-in-place. According to OSHA, the decision is among the most important safety managers will make during an emergency. The organization defines evacuation as the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or hazard. Shelter in-place requires taking refuge within a facility, waiting for instruction that the severe weather event passed or an evacuation order is placed instead.

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Recent Events are Sparking Debates on Domestic Terrorism

police carRecently, mass shootings have been plaguing the United States claiming the lives of innocent people, injuring many, and impacting the family and friends of those who were and are victims. Law enforcement have sounded the alarm: homegrown or domestic terrorism, including attacks by white supremacists, is now as big of a threat as terrorism from abroad, according to the New York Times. After the recent active shooter incidents in Texas including the attack in El Paso, which was the largest domestic terrorist attack against the Latinos in modern history, has made it clear the U.S. needs to do more to protect and prevent American’s from these acts of violence.


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A Guide To Student Security In K-12 Schools

school safety -1Despite unreliable data in violence statistics, nearly every study points to increased security risks in K-12 schools across the United States. Local safety managers must collaborate with students, teachers, and staff to create a comprehensive safety plan. Often, emergency preparedness means leveraging a variety of tools and strategies to bolster student security in schools, and each community will need to craft a unique  plan. 

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Rave In The News 

All Allen Parish schools could soon have access to a panic button system to enhance school safety and alert officials to an emergency situation.School Superintendent Kent Reed told board members Monday that school officials have been discussing implementing the Rave panic button during meetings with the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies. The Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana State Police are “100 percent” behind the project. The state is providing funding for the implementation for the next two years. The Rave panic button is a phone application that allows users to connect with 911 and other first responders while alerting school staff and oncampus security personnel of an emergency situation including active shooters, fires, medical emergencies and other 911-related incidents. 

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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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