App Enables Milford School Teachers to Better Communicate in Emergencies
How Milford Public Schools are Giving Teachers the Tools to Enhance Critical Communications
The Rave Panic Button app was implemented by the town of Milford, Mass., in 2014. Based on “Smart911” technology, it routes cellular calls to the Milford Police Department while also instantly delivering critical information that can be used to facilitate a faster, more effective response.
“We did some testing in the buildings to verify cellphone coverage,” Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin says. “Some communities are using panic buttons that connect to a security alarm system, but they can be susceptible to abuse if they’re fixed-mounted, and if they’re on a fob that people carry with them, they can be misplaced or lost. Consider the cost for having an electrician wire an entire school system, and it can become prohibitive.”
The Rave Panic Button app enables Milford Public School teachers to better communicate in emergencies. The app costs are minimal and emergency button activations go directly to 9-1-1 while simultaneously notifying all necessary staff members at the facility.