Public Schools To Be Protected by Panic Button for Faster Response to Crisis Situations
Every public K-12 school in the state will have Rave Panic Button in 2015 for faster and more precise response to active shooter and other crisis situations.
On Tuesday, August 11, Arkansas continued to make history by putting Act 950, the 2015 School Safety Act, into motion. At a press conference at the Capitol Building in Little Rock, Arkansas legislators, led by State Representative Scott Baltz, State Representative, Bruce Cozart and State Senator, Jane English, announced that every public school student, faculty and staff member in the state will be protected by Rave Panic Button for a faster response to active shooter and other emergency situations.
The act was sponsored by Representatives Baltz and Cozart, and Senator English, and widely supported by legislators and government agencies. In time for the 2015-2016 school year, Rave Panic Button will enable authorities to respond to crises much faster and with greater precision, providing a higher level of protection for the more than a half million students, faculty and staff in Arkansas.
“The addition of the Panic Button to our schools will bring faster, more precise response should a crisis situation arise,” said State Senator Keith M. Ingram. “Given recent events around the country, there is a clear need for schools to have additional protection. One of my highest priorities has always been to protect Arkansas’s students and teachers.”
Rave Panic Button, provided by Rave Mobile Safety connects 9-1-1, first responders and school personnel in the event of a crisis and shortens the time between the onset of an incident and the arrival of first responders on-scene. Through a simple five button interface, faculty and staff activate the app by selecting the type of emergency – active shooter, police, fire, EMS or other – which immediately connects to 9-1-1 while simultaneously notifying selected on-site personnel of the location and nature of the emergency. 9-1-1 and first responders automatically receive critical data such as the caller’s exact location, floor plans, emergency exit locations, emergency contacts and key procedures and can deliver critical emergency notifications to on-site contacts.
Integrating directly with Smart911TM, the existing 9-1-1 service available across the state, all Arkansans now have the assurance that in an emergency at home, work, their children’s school or anywhere across the state, 9-1-1 and responders will be better prepared to provide a fast and effective response.