What We're Talking About This Week - September 13th

Picture of Mary Kate McGrath By Mary Kate McGrath


Across the world, the smart city movement is gaining traction. In order to accelerate the smart city movement, building citizen trust is essential. Are active shooter drills a lifesaving precaution that schools are wise to take, or do they come at too high a psychological cost? The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program. Local officials are struggling to decide when school safety technology becomes school surveillance. New research released last week revealed that most students feel safe in school but want more mental health services.

Key Points:

  • New research released last week shows while most students report feeling safe in school, many see the need for additional mental health support.
  • The report, Creating Safe Schools: Examining High School Student Perceptions of Their Physical Safety at School, is based on findings gathered in a survey of 16,000 1oth- through 12th-grade students who took the ACT test in October 2018. 
  • An overwhelming majority of students (91%) somewhat agreed, agreed or strongly agreed they feel safe at school. Another 97% reported feeling safe traveling between home and school and 90% reported feeling welcomed at school 
  • The survey further asked students what measures could be taken to make them feel safer in school. Providing or increasing mental health services was the most commonly noted safety measure (38%), followed by hiring or adding security staff (36%) and for the school to develop or clarify an emergency plan (30%) 

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

Student Patrol Programs Helping Campus Safety

campus safety patrolEvery year, campus safety managers will create a comprehensive plan to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. These preparations must take a variety of potential emergency situations into account - from medical intervention to an active assailant on the premises. In addition, each college or university will be tasked with handling risks unique to their school. For example, a campus based in the midwest may face tornado warnings or other inclement weather, while one in a metropolitan area may need increased building security due to higher-population density. There are many ways security personnel can address potential threats, from investing in physical security measures like cameras or automatic door locks, to empowering the campus community to take safety practices into their own hands.


The 9 Best Medical Television Shows of All Time

Medical ProfessionalsMedical television shows have been captivating people for close to 50 years. The intrigue of an emergency room, surgical unit, and the day-to-day lives of doctors and nurses draws in some of the highest viewership in all of broadcast television. While some shows are able to depict the industry like it is, and some add a dramatic or comedic twist, all healthcare TV shows have some educational factor to them. Medical shows help to normalize hospitals, doctors, and nurses, as well as get people interested in practicing medicine themselves. 


California Is Starting To Use Military Technology To Fight Fires

wildfire california In November of 2018, an unprecedented wildfire season devastated communities across the state California. Fast-moving fires began near the Sierra Nevada Foothills and along the Los Angeles shoreline burning over 250,000 acres of land and killing over 84 people. The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, devastating the towns of Paradise and Magalia. Shortly after, the Woolsey Fire broke out closer to Los Angeles, covering more than 95,000 acres across steep terrain, which made it difficult for firefighters to stifle the growing flames. 


Rave In The News 

Rave Mobile Safety’s Noah Reiter writes about how modern technology is playing a role in helping hospitals protect their employees. In January, nurse practitioner Carlie Beaudin was beaten to death in a parking garage at the Milwaukee-area hospital where she worked to save lives. The incident captured national headlines, not only for the brutal nature of the attack but also because it was caught on a live surveillance feed no one was watching. Following her death, nurses and other workers at Carlie’s hospital said they had long worried about their safety, which was often jeopardized by working late shifts and being forced to park in poorly lit garages and faraway lots—none of which had security staff. his tragedy is just one of many recent examples that point to a major challenge faced by hospitals and healthcare organizations today: keeping employees safe. 

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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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