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On October 18th, over 10.6 million registrants – including thousands of schools – will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. The annual event allows people to practice and get comfortable with emergency response procedures for earthquakes.
Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) in Redlands, California, participates in the event each year using their InformaCast system. RUSD sets up a pre-recorded message to broadcast an alert across phones and speakers. Students who participate learn to recognize InformaCast alerts that will give them important safety information in the event of an emergency.
It’s that time of year again. Bright yellow school buses dot the morning commute, backpack-laden children walk the sidewalks, and the smell of newly-sharpened pencils is in the air.
The start of a new school year can seem as sure and predictable as the change from summer heat to autumn leaves. It is important to realize, however, that even normal situations can quickly turn into emergencies. Being prepared for whatever may arise is extremely important for the safety and well-being of students and staff.
The Redlands Unified School District in California relies on InformaCast to keep their schools running
The Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) serves several diverse communities in Redlands, California. The district has 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, an adult education high school, and district facilities. There are approximately 21,400 students and 1,600 staff in the district.
RUSD needed a bell, paging, and alert solution for their new high school and elementary school that was built with a one-wire Ethernet infrastructure.
“We needed a reliable, solid solution that would allow for bells and paging over the IP network,” says David Massaro, Coordinator of Technology Services at RUSD. Since RUSD is a large district that consists of several separate school buildings, they also needed to be able to communicate between locations across the district.