What We're Talking About This Week - October 4th

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In the News 

School design and safety measures are undergoing a significant change, and it's important to be aware of connectivity requirements for improving school building design. Government computer systems are frequently updated as a matter of course, and as 911 goes digital securithy and training pose major challenges. Giving staff a voice will help ensure employees have healthy working conditions and meet today's school safety challenges. Schools and higher-educaiton institutions are continuing to implement additional campus safety measures, and Campus Safety Magazine shared how to write a technology grant proposal for your campus. To strengthen school safety for K-12 students across the country, a school safety database would help educators scour technology options. 

Key Points: 

  • Lawmakers proposed a bill last week to establish a national database as a resource for districts to assess, identify, and share information on school security technology and innovation
  • The School Safety Clearinghouse Act, introduced by Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., would address the need for educators to sift through many school safety technology options through a federally funded clearinghouse that state and local officials can use to find best practices for school security and design
  • The School Safety Clearinghouse Act would allow districts to make informed decisions about how to implement funding. The clearinghouse would include recommendations from engineers, architects, first responders, building security experts and mental health advocates on how to best design safe school environments
  • The legislation follows a Federal Commission on School Safety’s recommendation, made December 2018, to establish a federal clearinghouse to assess, identify, and share information on school security technology and innovation

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

Earthquakes: How to Prepare and Protect a Campus Community

earthquakeJust seconds. The equivalent of filling up a glass of water. Ordering food on an app. Taking a sip of coffee. This is the amount of time that it takes for an earthquake to occur and cause damage. Ground shaking generally lasts a few seconds, but it can last up to 30 seconds.There is currently no way to detect when an earthquake will strike. An earthquake can happen at anytime, while the aftershocks can go on for weeks or months later.

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Nurse Suicide Is On the Rise (Here's What To Do About It)

hospital Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, a rate far higher than average for an occupational field. In a healthcare setting, registered nurses (RNs) take on a variety of critical responsibilities, such as providing and coordinating patient care, educating individuals and the public about health conditions, and promoting community wellness. Yet, a recent report showed that long work hours and unprecedented rates of physical or verbal abuse are taking a toll on nursing professionals. Across the country, nurse suicide rates are on the rise, and healthcare facilities have a responsibility to address mental health concerns in the field. 

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What Should Your Office “Go Bag” Contain for Emergencies?

office emergency kitThe recommended contents of an office go bag can vary according to the location of your workplace, how you commute to work, and the distance between your workplace and your home. The nature of the contents can also be influenced by your safety role in the business or in the community. According to the Department of Homeland Security's “Ready” campaign, you should keep “go bags” (also known as “grab bags”, “bug out bags”, or “survival kits”) in your home, in your car, and in your workplace because you never know where you will be when an emergency occurs.

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Rave In The News 

Rave Mobile Safety, a recognized Three-Time Winner in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is pleased to announce that a number of the company’s products have been nominated to compete in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program. For instance, the Rave Panic Button is used in 45 states across the country, and the most widely-used school safety app. By deploying Rave Panic Button in schools statewide, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arkansas, Delaware and Washington D.C. are providing equal protection to all their students, regardless of their district or zip code. 

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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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