Mandatory Panic Buttons at Schools: Will Alyssa’s Law Go Nationwide?

Alyssa’s Law, which requires schools to have silent panic alarms installed and linked to local law enforcement, is now on the books in New Jersey, and is pending in New York and Florida. Federal legislation could take it nationwide. How Alyssa’s Law came to be Named for Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, Alyssa’s Law is…

School Security: Better Emergency Response on a Tight Budget

As school budgets shrink and safety risks rise, keeping students, staff and visitors safe is a BIG job — one that often exceeds the time, funding and skill sets you have available. Understandably, reading up on emergency management advice often highlights how far you still have to go, and the gaps you can’t do much…

Case Study: Integrating Disparate Technologies for Better, Faster Emergency Response
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Case Study: Integrating Disparate Technologies for Better, Faster Emergency Response

What happens when you have only moments to react and disseminate critical instructions to protect people and property under your care? And how do you reach multiple audiences instantly, bypassing distractions or communications barriers, with minimal delay or chance of human error? In this case study, Robert Iocona — Chief Technology Officer for Kingsway Regional…

Survey: One in two security pros plan to invest in emergency notification solutions in 2019–2020

In a survey by Campus Safety magazine, 57% of protection professionals said they plan to deploy new or upgraded emergency notification solutions in 2019–2020. It’s the highest demand compared to the magazine’s last two notification surveys, conducted in 2014 and 2017. Survey responders included more than 500 protection professionals at institutions of higher education, K-12,…

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View Threats, Suspicious Activities Across Entire Campus, at Once with “Visual Campus”

(News Release, October 2019) Layered Solutions, an Indianapolis-based provider of integrated daily and emergency communications, announced the availability of Visual Campus at no additional cost with various modules of its interface. Visual Campus enables safety and security leaders to view potential threats and suspicious activities across their entire campus from a single dashboard, and deploy…

Campus Safety: Emergency Notification Survey by Schools, Healthcare Facilities

Campus Safety: Emergency Notification Survey by Schools, Healthcare Facilities

Just a few days ago, Campus Safety released the results of its 2017 Emergency Notification Survey. Respondents included more than 1,000 security professionals from the healthcare and education realms, sharing challenges and successes they’ve experienced with mass notifications. Just over half of respondents (51%) are planning or considering the purchase of notification solutions in the…

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

In 1986, Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University, was raped and killed in her campus dorm. Her attack spurred the Clery Act, a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to meet a series of requirements to keep students safe. What’s at risk when you don’t meet requirements?…

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

When crises strike, rushing to compose emails, make calls, and update social media accounts while muttering a prayer under your breath doesn’t cut it when you have minutes (or seconds!) to broadcast critical or life-saving information. Beyond the potential human cost, slow or inadequate emergency communications have a way of triggering public relations disasters-something you…