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Prepared Response, Inc.® & the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Travel to Different Cities Offering a Firsthand Look at the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program

Education leaders hear about the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program

From this meeting, I gained a better understanding of how proactive and forward-thinking the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program is.

Prepared Response, Inc., and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA), visited four counties in New York during the week of January 19-22 meeting with BOCES representatives and other key county and educational leaders. During the meetings, attendees learned about the aidable service being offered through other BOCES and how they can join the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program. In person demonstrations and testimonials from guest speakers lead every meeting in Erie, Syracuse, Ulster, and Plattsburgh counties, providing a firsthand look at how the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program aids in emergency preparedness and response.

Guest speakers included sheriff’s and BOCES members currently offering it to schools in their communities. Chuck Gallo, Deputy Executive Director for the New York State Sheriffs’ Association spoke in depth about the benefits of the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program for both schools and Sheriffs’ departments alike. Alex Wilson, Associate Counsel for the New York State Sheriffs’ Association told attendees how Rapid Responder was chosen to be sponsored by NYSSA. He explained the research they did to find an affordable, yet robust system that not only met the needs of sheriff’s, but also other first responding agencies and facilities that would be using it.

“From this meeting, I gained a better understanding of how proactive and forward-thinking the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program is,” says Jefferson County Sheriff, Colleen O’Neill. “I am looking forward to continuing our conversation and sharing the benefits of the program with school officials in Jefferson County, NY.”

NYSSA has been working throughout New York State to provide a standardized and affordable school emergency response system to better help protect and respond to emergencies using digital technology. Schools and districts across New York have been implementing the system and are seeing the success that comes from aligning preparedness with technology. In just the past year, 100 public safety agencies in New York are on the system and over 250 facilities have been fully implemented in the state.

“We have worked extensively with Prepared Response and are pleased that our communities around New York are seeing the benefits of the NYSSA Rapid Responder Program,” says Chuck Gallo, Deputy Executive Director for the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. “The NYSSA Rapid Responder Program is a one-stop shop and brings the same, congruent information to all first responding agencies, aiding in response time and minimizing confusion.”

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.

Rapid Responder is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology," and endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association. The system has been used successfully during a campus shooting, bomb threats, lock downs, and other emergency situations on school campuses and other sites across the country. The system has been deployed in 27 states across the nation, more than any other system of its kind. Prepared Response has also provided onsite professional services to more than 16,000 facilities, including K-12 and higher education campuses, hospitals, churches, government agencies, and others throughout the United States.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Prepared Response, Inc.
Samantha Caron
scaron(at)preparedresponse(dot)com
253.363.8561

New York State Sheriffs’ Association
Charles J. Gallo
cgallo(at)nysheriffs(dot)org
518.434.9091

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 1,300 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.

The privately held company is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. Additional information can be found at http://www.preparedresponse.com or by calling 1-866-862-7741.

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