SchoolDude Offers Higher Ed and K-12 School Administrators Emergency Response Best Practices

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Notable Security Thought Leaders to Highlight School Safety Guidance at SchoolDude University East, March 15-18 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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“Often, safety plans live only on paper, but in a crisis no one has time to find the binder or the poster on the wall, said Lee Prevost, president of SchoolDude.

SchoolDude, creator of mobile safety platform CrisisManager, today announced four key emergency response best practices school administrators can enact to help faculty, staff and students act swiftly in a crisis. Prominent security experts, including Paul Timm, president of RETA Security, will expand on these best practices and more at SchoolDude University East, March 15-18 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A recent SchoolDude survey revealed that 40 percent of school leaders say that they feel unprepared to handle a crisis. From severe weather to active shooter situations and lockdowns, it is vital for students, faculty and staff to have mobile resources for taking action. While most schools have crisis plans as guides, they are often paper-based and difficult to access.

SchoolDude offers the following best practices to school administrators and campus safety professionals for creating safer teaching and learning environments.

1)    Make safety plans available on smartphones: Move emergency plans and procedures from paper-based materials to mobile devices so individuals can access protocols and actionable steps immediately during a crisis.

2)    Empower faculty and staff with training: Provide proper training to give individuals the know-how to properly handle emergency scenarios.

3)    Customize mobile-enabled safety plans based on roles/responsibilities: Set up permissions to make sure only the right people are able to see plans on mobile devices, tailoring procedures to appropriate audiences, e.g., first responders, students, parents, staff.

4)    Communicate mobile plans: Make sure that constituents are aware of the resources available to them so they can access mobile-enabled safety plans, receive text alerts and push notifications.

“More often than not, safety plans live only on paper, but in a crisis no one has time to find the binder or the poster on the wall. Emergency plans can only be put into action with quick access to the right tools,” said Lee Prevost, president of SchoolDude. “Making safety plans available on smartphones ensures actionable procedures are quickly available on the device they’re never without.”

Available on Apple and Android devices, SchoolDude’s CrisisManager is a mobile safety platform that moves emergency plans out of binders and into the hands of staff, faculty and parents. CrisisManager guarantees safety plans and procedures are available with or without a Wi-Fi connection and empowers the school community with immediate access to safety information.

SchoolDude University is the annual training and development conference for educational professionals responsible for managing maintenance, energy, IT and facilities. Over 1,000 professionals from public K-12 schools, independent schools, and higher education institutions all over the world come together annually to trade industry best practices for continued excellence in the management of educational institutions. For more information about SchoolDude Univeristy, visit http://www.schooldude.com/university.

For more information about CrisisManager, visit http://www.schooldude.com/crisismanager.

About SchoolDude
For the past 15 years, SchoolDude has served as the market leader in education enterprise asset management, delivering Software-as-a-Solution applications to help both small and large institutions better manage their facilities, IT and business operations. More than one million education professionals from more than 6,000 educational institutions are using SchoolDude products to streamline maintenance work order and IT help desk management, schedule preventive maintenance and plan for capital replacements, increase inventory accountability, maximize after-hours facility use and utility consumption. SchoolDude helps clients stretch budgets by managing support services effectively and efficiently, making a difference by helping institutions improve and enhance the teaching and learning environment. For more information, visit http://www.schooldude.com.

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