Ala. Schools Adopt 911 App to Shorten Response Times


Oct. 24—Limestone County and Athens City were two of the first school systems in the state to adopt the Rave Panic Button app last year. The app shaves minutes off of emergency response times, making county and city students safer than ever.

The Athens-Limestone County 911 center introduced the app to the school systems in 2016 and paid for the $10,395 piece of technology the first year. Schools superintendents Dr. Trey Holladay of Athens City and Dr. Tom Sisk of Limestone County were so impressed by its effectiveness that this year, they agreed to split the subscription cost three ways. Once divided, the two school systems and the 911 center paid $3,465 each.

With a single push of a button, a staff member who is faced with an emergency can select from one of five choices—active shooter, fire, police, medical or 911. Once activated, a 911 dispatcher is alerted and directs the call to the appropriate emergency personnel. This sets into motion a nearly immediate response in which the dispatcher has access to names and phone numbers of school staff and district officials, building floor plans and the exact location of the incident.


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