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Learn from the Best at Campus Safety West

Protect Your Most Important Assets

We’re heading to sunny California for Campus Safety West, August 9-10. We’ll be rubbing shoulders with administrators, public safety officials, and security and law enforcement executives from all over the country discussing solutions for campus safety, security, emergency management and technology challenges.

Attendees will hear from leading safety and security experts, develop strategies and tactics to reduce risk and improve response and learn first-hand about best practices and procedures for emergency response. The goal is for attendees to leave with the skills and resources needed to manage emergency situations, protect students and staff and prevent crises.

Take Home New Strategies

Campus Safety West offers a terrific opportunity to learn from the best, and the timing couldn’t be better. With the new school year right around the corner, attendees can take what they learn and implement it on their campus. The conference offers training sessions, expert speakers, sessions and hot topic discussions. It’s also a chance to network with other safety leaders to understand the challenges they encounter and how they overcome them.

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Topics: K-12, campus safety, Emergency Notification, Higher Education

Infographic: Uses of InformaCast in Higher Education

Keeping students, staff, and on-campus visitors safe is a top priority for administrators at colleges and universities. It's also a difficult thing to do, since variables such as open campuses, complex facilities, and individualized schedules present obstacles to effective communication.

Many college/university administrators use InformaCast to address these issues and improve the speed and reach of their emergency notifications. We recently surveyed them to learn more about how they use InformaCast and what they think of the software. Here are some of their responses.

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Topics: campus emergency, campus notification, Hi-Ed, campus safety

Sunnyside School District Uses InformaCast for Lockdown

SHS Staff Gets Crash Course in Safety Protocols

The following story was written by Jennie McGhan and appeared in the Daily Sun News on 1/6/2015

informacast-k-12-lockdown-sunnysideThere are new procedures and protocols being implemented in the Sunnyside schools to keep students safe in a threatening situation.

That’s according to Safety and Security Coordinator Salliejo Evers, who conducted the first staff training at Sunnyside High School yesterday.

She said staff is familiar with lockdown procedures, but there are now lockout and active shooter procedures being implemented in the schools, as well.

“What we had in the past was a generic lockdown procedure,” said Assistant Principal Wally Shearer.

He said yesterday’s meeting emphasized procedures for different “what if” scenarios.

“I hope to god we never have to do it (implement active shooter procedures),” said Shearer.

Evers said lockout procedures would be used in a scenario where the threat or an incident occurs outside the school buildings.

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Topics: InformaCast, K-12, campus safety, In The News

Kenosha Unified School District Deploys InformaCast

Implementation allows Sheriff’s department access to 1,400 cameras districtwide

The following story written by Jon Brines appeared in the Kenosha News on 8/26/2014

informacast-hallwayWhen Kenosha Unified School District students hit the books this year, they'll be under the watchful eye of new cameras and a $1.5 million security upgrade.

The district is upgrading its 600 existing cameras, some black and white, and adding 800 more, some with technology so clear viewers will be able to identify license plates in parking lots at its 42 schools. Classrooms will also come equipped with phones.

"It's a big change," Unified's Facilities Director Patrick Finnemore said.

Live or on tape

Principals have access to cameras to check out things like pushing and shoving in halls, vandalism or bullies in the lunchroom. They can view events live or recall them through digitized memory.

The cameras are located in hallways, cafeterias and parking lots but not in classrooms, Finnemore said.

"The schools have access to all of their cameras. The Sheriff's Department and emergency response teams at the district level will have access to all the cameras in all the buildings," Finnemore said.

Crisis readiness

Deputies will soon be able to pull up live camera feeds from the district’s 1,400 cameras from their mobile command center during emergencies by accessing an cloud-based system called InformaCast by Singlewire.

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Topics: K-12, campus safety, In The News

Does Your College Have a Social Media Crisis Management Plan?

College administrators have a unique challenge when it comes to communication. Unlike at grade schools, middle schools, and high schools, the staff and students you're trying to reach are often off-campus.

With the popularity of social media among college students, it is wise to have a social media crisis management plan to help communicate with people when they are on the go. Whether your crisis involves the safety of students or the reputation of your school, having a plan will help you respond quickly and efficiently. 

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Topics: campus emergency, emergency communication, mass notification, Hi-Ed, campus safety, Twitter

Cheat Sheet: Emergency Notification Systems

Finding a mass notification system that fits your needs can seem like an overwhelming task. With the many options out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. To help you in your search, Campus Safety magazine recently released an emergency notification cheat sheet that lists the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly used emergency alert systems on the market.

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Topics: InformaCast, mass notification, campus safety, Emergency Notification

University of Florida Uses InformaCast to Reach Students through Multiple Platforms

When two men with a gun were spotted on the University of Florida (UF) campus recently, it was InformaCast’s multi-platform functionality that allowed the school to notify students quickly and effectively.

School officials used the InformaCast system, which has been in place at UF for a year, to send notifications instantly to students via text message, and Twitter. This helped them reach as many people as possible.

“Some people might not get a text message, but they get the tweet,” said Bruce Floyd, UF social media specialist.

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Topics: campus emergency, Hi-Ed, campus safety, Emergency Notification, Twitter

Integrating Mass Notification with Fire Alarm Systems

fire alarm, mass notificationIncorporating mass notification into new fire alarm systems can help protect your campus from modern dangers.

In an emergency situation, panic can quickly turn into pandemonium when people are confused and frightened. Like shouting “fire!” in a crowded theater, outdated fire alarm systems that consist only of horns and strobes communicate the threat of imminent danger, but little other information.

Now the ‘theater’ is growing. Many organizations are expanding their campuses and adopting new technologies. People are starting to realize they need more security as the face of the modern emergency changes.

"If you had talked to most school folks 15 years ago, they would have never thought they needed a procedure to lockdown a school," Greg Jakubowski, principal and chief engineer for Fire Planning Associates, told Campus Safety magazine. "But now after these school shootings and other events, folks realize they need a procedure to lockdown the building. That requires a different type of alarm than the fire alarm box with all of the horns and strobes going off, which was all the systems were capable of doing when they were designed 20 years ago."

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Topics: campus emergency, Ouachita Baptist University, InformaCast, campus safety

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