What We're Talking About This Week - September 20th

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Do cash rewards for 911 tips work? An NPR investigation found that providing financial incentives for cime tips is a complicated prospect. 4 technology projects promise to change Tennessee for the better, proving that a centralized IT program can lead, support, and promote groundbreaking projects. Snapchat alerted the FBI of a potential shooting at an Ohio High School. In Hawaii, a false tsunami warning was triggered by a police exercise. The Campus Safety Magazine 2019 Access Control & Lockdown Survey inspired security professionals to offer helpful hints on access control and lockdown from campus security professionals. 

Key Points: 

  • Advice - When planning on implementing access control systems, start slow and gradually build on to the system 
  • Successful Deployment Strategies - ID badges are used for multiple purposes (computer login, bedside medication administration and testing), which helps promote keeping badges up to date and working
  • Overall Successes - Can be a very effective tool with the proper integration provided that all stakeholders have input into the process
  • Challenges - The best technology in the world can still be overcome by some simple tricks and those wishing to get past the barriers always seem to find them

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.

Message Received: How To Deal With Communication Dead Zones on Campusno cellphone service

Across the United States, safety managers are prioritizing universal access to phone service and high-speed internet. Most metropolitan communities have the power to connect to high-speed internet and take advantage of local phone carriers, but for many in rural areas or regions with mountainous geography, there are often gaps in coverage. For this reason, campus safety managers must learn how to deal with dead zones on campus, which can present a safety risk for students, faculty, and staff. If community members are unable to connect with campus safety or local law enforcement, first response may be impossible and critical time will be lost.   


Making Sure Your Substitute Teachers Are Aware of K-12 School Safety Plans

classroom teacher using app-12 schools are making a huge effort to prepare teachers, staff, administrators, and students for school safety threats and emergencies, but what about substitute teachers? Often substitute teachers are entering different classrooms weekly with unfamiliar surroundings and rooms full of young strangers. On top of having to follow another teachers’ lesson plans, substitute teachers are responsible for the students in the class. It’s important that K-12 schools and districts provide clear emergency plans for substitute teachers so that they can keep both themselves and their students safe.


What Does Public Safety Grade Mean For School Safety Technologies?

A PUBLIC SAFETY GRADE A “public safety grade” refers to the expectation of safety managers and emergency first response providers that equipment will remain operational during a natural disaster, attack, or any other emergency situation, according to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. The term can also include performance specifications, definitions, and the best practices needed to maintain public safety operations during an emergency. In order to secure a strong public safety grade, emergency professionals often focus on network hardening and sustainability.


Rave In The News 

Suffolk County, the easternmost county in New York state, has an estimated population of nearly 1.5 million residents. The coastal county is susceptible to natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes and flooding. Seven years ago, Suffolk County’s Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) began using Smart911, a software that allows citizens to provide 911 call takers and first responders with critical information. Before the implementation, manual paper databases and binders were maintained, which caused inefficient methods of data access during situations when seconds count. 

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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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