The safety of our students, teachers and staff depends on the ability to rapidly respond to incidents at our schools -whether gas leaks, fires, individual assaults or active shooters. Rave Panic Button is a powerful and unique solution for increasing the speed of notification and improving the information flow between those directly involved in the incident, first responders and 9-1-1.
The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has announced that school districts can now apply for Emergency Response Grants. Funded through state legislation, emergency response grants are available to assist school districts with “implementing emergency response systems using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.” The Legislature has allocated $10 million in capital funds for this competitive grant program. There is no maximum award amount for an individual school can receive; however, project funding is expected to range from $2,500-$10,000 at each school. Panic Buttons are specifically identified as a fund-able technology under this program. Grants must be submitted by March 14th.
Rave Mobile Safety, the leader in campus and government safety solutions with over 1,000 College and University clients across the county is uniquely capable of delivering solutions that improve the response to incidents at schools. In addition to Rave Panic Button, Rave also provides Smart911, the only service that directly integrates data into the 9-1-1 call taking and dispatch process. Rave Mobile Safety is offering a unique program to make Rave Panic Button available to schools in Washington state through the Grant program.
Key Features of Rave Panic Button:
- Through a secure administrative website, Schools designate who is authorized to download the Rave Panic Button App.
- When an authorized user presses the Panic Button on their mobile phone, 9-1-1 is called directly and a regular voice connection is established. Simultaneously, the app uses the devices GPS to determine the user’s location. If the user is located at a school facility, designated on-site responders are immediately notified of the Panic Button call via a message directly to their phone. Callers, school offiicials, and responders can instantly, securely message between one another.
- Responders and 9-1-1 personnel with access to the secure web site have immediate access to any information uploaded and shared by the school, including optional integration to other safety application data.
- Designated school officials, first responders and 9-1-1 Call Takers/Dispatchers are able to instantly and securely push critical time sensitive notifications directly to designated recipients.
In locations with Smart911 (King County, SNOPAC911 in Snohomish County currently – options for others are listed below), additional features are available:
- School administrators are able to upload critical response information for immediate display in the 9-1-1 Center, including links to external data sources, emergency contact information, floor plans, emergency response plans, live video feeds (may require custom integration), etc. Administrators can also designated “non smartphones” and landlines that are authorized to make panic calls.
- When Smart911 recognizes a 9-1-1 call arriving at the 9-1-1 Center that is made from a Rave Panic Button App where the user is located at the school campus, the Smart911 Profile Viewer automatically pops up at the workstation with the information provided by the school.
- 9-1-1 personnel are able to instantly and securely message designated on-site personnel (either via SMS or in-app messaging).
- In the event a call is made directly to 9-1-1 without use of the Rave Panic Button App, 9-1-1 personnel or other designated first responders accessing the solution through the Smart911 First Responder portal, are able to initiate a lock-down or other message directly to designated on-site personnel.
- When the Panic Call arrives at the PSAP, designated on-site responders are automatically sent a customizable notification (e.g. “John Smith panic call answered by SNOPAC 911, call 911 if you have direct information on the incident, else initiate emergency procedures”)
Washington State Grant Overview and Resources
The Rave team will work with you to address any questions you may have about the solution and, if applicable, help you on the grant submission process. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Links to grant resources are below:
Services and Support
Rave provides 24x7x365 support. Rave’s public safety grade infrastructure is geo-redundant and used by over a thousand universities and hundreds of public safety agencies. All Rave solutions undergo regular third party security audits, and all interactions are logged for audit, after-action, and post-incident investigative purposes. Rave will also work with you to submit your grant proposal.
For Smart911 Enabled Locations:
- One-time fee of $40 per authorized phone for minimum of 100 phones per district/county. No maintenance for life of Smart911 contract.
For non-Smart911 Enabled Locations:
- One-time fee of $60 per authorized phone for minimum of 100 phones per school/district/county.
- No maintenance for 3 years, then $5 per device per year.
- There are a number of options for deeper integration with 9-1-1, depending on the preferences of your local 9-1-1 center, from a stand-alone web page for incident collaboration and notification through a fully integrated solution. Rave will work with you local center to identify the best option.