Nassau County Launches New Emergency Alert Systems For Schools
September 07, 2016
Just in time for the new school year, Nassau County announced that several local public school districts have adopted a new smartphone-based emergency alert system.
The software, built by Massapequa-based IntraLogic Solutions, allows a school administrator or teacher to use an app to send an alert to first responders in an emergency with the click of a button.
Once an alert is issued by school personnel, police can automatically access critical contact information and floor plans, control remote door locks and view live footage from closed-circuit security cameras so that responding officers receive real-time intelligence.
In addition, first responders will be able to use the app on smartphones and tablets on site, giving them greater situational awareness so they can react to emergencies including active shooters.
“From mobile alert technology to first responder alerts and accessing school closed-circuit cameras, this state-of-the-art school security program is leading the nation in protecting our children,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said. “I urge school officials to join us in keeping our kids safe, as Nassau Police are at the ready to implement this program at all public and private schools countywide.”
The program is already operational in both the Merrick and Bellmore school districts. In addition, the Bethpage, Farmingdale, Herricks, Island Park, Levittown, Lynbrook, Manhasset, BOCES, North Shore, Oyster Bay, Sewanhaka and Valley Stream school districts have already signed an agreement for police to access their camera systems.
The Garden City, Island Park, Jericho, Levittown, Manhasset, North Bellmore and North Merrick are all expected to have the program running within the next few weeks. The goal is to have all of the county's 57 school districts on the system.
The program is free for the school districts.
“This system will provide our responding officers with critical intelligence that will not only save time, but will save lives,” Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said. “While we hope that this system is never truly needed, it is important for us to prepare in case a tragedy, like the many we have seen around the country, strikes here in Nassau County.”