What We're Talking About This Week - September 6th

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In The News 

Alert fatigue is real and dangerous for nurses, occurring when clinicians are exposed to an excessive number of alarms. A new school in Michigan is being built with security and safety features meant to deter active shooters, including curved walls and a special locking system. The Today Show did an expose on the controversial facial recognition technology attempting to stop school shootings. Meanwhile, Campus Safety Magazine compiled a list of Clery Crime Definitions and Examples, including a definition and example of each crime. Hurricane Dorian tests Florida's ability to move older adults out of harm's way, after a disastrous tragedy during Hurricane Irma which prompted new regulations and acknowledgement that evacuation orders were not enough to protect elder adults in the state. 

Key Points: 

  • Across the state, a scramble was underway to move older Floridians to safer ground as a weakened but still dangerous Hurricane Dorian, once a Category 5 storm but now a vast Category 2, threatened the state’s Atlantic coast.
  • A new state law requires backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures at nursing homes and assisted living centers 
  • Large centers for elderly residents who require constant care have put complex emergency plans into action. Among them was the Samantha Wilson Care Center in St. Augustine, Fla., which is near the Intracoastal Waterway. Fearing a dangerously high storm surge, the center evacuated its 126 residents to three separate facilities in Orlando and DeLand 
  • The residents in more delicate health traveled in specialty ambulances. Other traveled in rented motor coaches, sometimes with caregivers and relatives in tow 

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

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Keeping Employees Safe During National Preparedness Month and Beyond

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How Technology Can Support Statewide School Safety Initiatives

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Rave In The News

Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted provider of emergency and public safety solutions that help save lives, has announced that its Rave Alert platform covers nearly half of all higher education student populations across the United States, including five of the eight Ivy League and 10 of the 14 Big Ten schools, the company said. A mass notification system that enables universities and colleges to communicate with the entire campus population–not just the ones who have downloaded an app–the Rave Alert suite gets the right message to the right user from any Internet-connected device in a matter of seconds.

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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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