Teachers Using Smartphones to Stop Active Shooters


Decatur DailyATHENS — School teachers in Limestone County are using their smartphones to guard against active shooters and other school emergencies.

The program could become a model for statewide proliferation of the program that promises a faster and more precise response to active shooters, said R.V. White, CEO of the Athens-Limestone County Emergency Communications.

White and other officials announced today that all Athens City Schools and all Limestone County Schools are now using the Rave Panic Button.

The smartphone app from Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety allows teachers, administrators and other school staffers to call 911, alerting operators to key information such as the type of emergency with the single push of a button.

It uses the phone's GPS location to tell responders precisely where caller is on campus and send a facility profile with information such as emergency exits and where students gather in the event of a bomb threat.

"This rapid communication can be the difference between life and death," said White, adding that 35 percent of active shooter incidents last less than two minutes.

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