Without the willingness of the area BOCES, these schools would not have availability to the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program like they do.
ALBANY, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2016
During the week of January 18th, 2016, Prepared Response, Inc. and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) will be traveling throughout New York State to meet with key educational leaders to share information about the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program. Meetings in Erie, Syracuse, Plattsburgh, and Ulster are scheduled, and will include guest speakers, a live demonstration of Rapid Responder®, and information on how current BOCES program participants provide the service to their component districts.
“The NYSSA Rapid Responder Program has given many schools in New York State the opportunity to better prepare for emergencies,” says Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy, Washington County, New York Sheriff. “Without the willingness of the area BOCES, these schools would not have availability to the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program like they do. From a first responder point of view, it is a necessary tool that every school should have to mitigate risk and manage crisis.”
During the meetings, attendees will hear from guest speakers sharing their experience with the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program and how it has both increased emergency preparedness in their schools and strengthened their partnership with local first responders. In just the last year, the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program has been deployed in 250 facilities throughout New York State and used by nearly 100 public safety agencies including sheriffs, police, fire, and emergency medical responders. Utilizing the system and its available apps and features, emergency management is easily attained, better preparing schools and first responders to respond to a crisis.
“I have had the opportunity to work closely with Prepared Response, New York State BOCES and local first responders to deploy the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program into school districts across the state,” says Chuck Gallo, Deputy Executive Director of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. “We found many schools were just not as well prepared to respond to emergencies as the times we live in necessitate. Rapid Responder allows school officials and first responders immediate access to critical information. The support from BOCES across the state to offer this service to schools in their respective regions is fundamental to the success of emergency preparedness and crisis management for schools in New York.”
The digital technology behind the program is Rapid Responder, emergency preparedness and crisis management system. Rapid Responder stores over 380 data points of critical response information, easily accessed by responders and school personnel during any crisis. Electronic information stored includes emergency response plans, evacuation plans, tactical response information, Incident Command System, real-time alerts, best access points, and more.
For details and to learn more about each meeting, visit the link corresponding to your area.
Rapid Responder is an all-hazards site-based crisis management system which provides school administrators and first responder’s instant access to site specific emergency response information. Information includes floor plans, aerial views, site maps, hazardous material locations, utility shut off information, emergency and evacuation plans, and live camera feed. Currently deployed in over 16,000 facilities nationwide, Rapid Responder is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and has been successfully used during active shooter events, bomb threats, lock downs and other emergency situations.
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting Sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It is comprised of all the elected and appointed Sheriffs of New York State. More information on Rapid Responder and other NYSSA programs such as Operation SAFECHILD, Yellow Dot and GetCrashReports can be found by visiting http://www.nysheriffs.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
New York State Sheriffs’ Association
Charles J. Gallo
Prepared Response, Inc.
ABOUT PREPARED RESPONSE, INC.
Prepared Response Inc. is the leading innovator of emergency preparedness and crisis management solutions in the nation. For over a decade, Prepared Response has provided industry leading technology and consulting services that have been proven to save lives and mitigate property damage. The company’s flagship product, Rapid Responder, is used by over 1,200 public safety agencies nationwide and is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, along with being endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association. Rapid Responder is currently deployed in educational facilities, public buildings, critical infrastructure and private facilities across the U.S.