Singlewire Publishes Case Study Featuring Use of InformaCast for School Safety and Emergency Lockdown
Singlewire's Brad Parkel talks to Ted Hayes, Senior Risk Manager with M3 Insurance in this podcast. Hayes has been a safety consultant to schools and municipalities throughout Wisconsin for the past 27 years.
School and district emergencies are not only frightening, but can also be extremely overwhelming for administrators. Administrators have responsibilities to keep their students and staff safe, make sure parents and others stay informed, and maintain the brand and reputation of their school or district. Things can quickly get out of control if you aren't prepared, and emotions can run high when the safety of staff and students is on the line.
We’ve put together a resource to help you create an effective emergency response plan. Here are the top 6 things you should do to be prepared for an emergency in your school or district with input from Joe Donovan, President of The Donovan Group and expert in crisis prevention and response for K-12 schools and districts.
1. Admit Your Shortfalls
As in any process, the hardest, but most important step is the first one - admitting your shortfalls. “That's really the most important thing, because it's difficult – especially for someone who has been a school leader or a school district leader in a district for some time – to admit that,” says Donovan. Before you take any other action, sit down with your team and take a frank, honest look at the way you’re currently doing things. If you think you’ll have trouble with this, then ask an unbiased third party to do it instead.
School security is a complex issue and presents a unique challenge for administrators and staff. It is important to keep staff and students safe, while not causing unnecessary distress to students. Here are a couple of creative ways real schools are using the InformaCast M2M plugin to improve their security.
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 new Singlewire plugin for SchoolMessenger allows users of InformaCast to easily trigger SchoolMessenger notifications.