New Version 5.0 of Rapid Responder Crisis Management System Creates Quicker and Easier Access to Critical Emergency Information For First Responders

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Recent Shootings Across the Country Highlight Need for Solutions that Provide Enhanced Situational Awareness to Protect School Campuses and Critical Infrastructure

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Rapid Responder represents the most comprehensive and easy-to-use crisis management system on the market today

Prepared Response, Inc., the industry leader in the development of crisis management planning and response systems, has released a major upgrade of the Rapid Responder® Crisis Management System to help first responders save lives and protect property. The recent shootings across the country show the need for solutions that provide police, fire and other first responders with instant access to critical building and emergency response information. Some of the highlights of the new release include:

  • Improved Navigation
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds
  • Enhanced GIS Integration and Functionality
  • Expanded Campus Emergency Preparedness Features
  • Common Alerting Protocol for warnings associated with natural disasters and weather conditions
  • Extended documentation for staff management and training documentation
  • Event and incident tracking module
  • Improved IP Video and Enhanced Imagery Features

Rapid Responder provides first responders with instant access to critical facility information to help save lives and protect property. The system has been deployed to more than 10,000 buildings across the country and has been used during a campus shooting, bomb threats, lock downs and other emergency situations. The system is used to “digitally catalogue and inventory” critical infrastructure, including public and private buildings, transportation systems, hospitals, utilities, schools, bridges and other structures. Using Rapid Responder, police, fire, and other first responders can instantly access more than 300 data points, including tactical response plans, evacuation routes, exterior and interior photos, floor plans, utility shut-off locations, and hazardous chemical inventories for virtually any facility.

“Rapid Responder represents the most comprehensive and easy-to-use crisis management system on the market today,” said Jim Finnell, president and CEO of Prepared Response. “The new version of Rapid Responder provides users with more comprehensive, accurate and robust information coupled with an easier-to-use interface. The feedback we received from our customers, including first responders, was that they wanted a simple-to-use application that would provide instant access to building information and emergency response plans to give the responders greater 'situational awareness' during an emergency. This helps them make decisions quicker and more decisively during an incident.”

Rapid Responder is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act as a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology.” Rapid Responder is being used in 12 states with over 5,000 end users including more than 450 public safety agencies and 270 school districts. This system was recognized in the Harvard/Noblis Innovations Award in Homeland Security that was presented to the State of Washington in September 2007.

About Prepared Response, Inc.

Prepared Response Inc. develops crisis management planning and response systems that enable police, fire, and other emergency responders to save lives and mitigate property damage. The company’s flagship product, Rapid Responder, runs on laptop computers and allows first responders to instantly access more than 300 site-specific data points, including tactical plans, site and floor plans, aerial and geospatial imagery, interior and exterior photos, staging areas, hazardous materials locations, utility shut-offs, and evacuation routes for virtually any facility. Rapid Responder has received Certification status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under The SAFETY Act. The Rapid Responder system protects more than 10,000 facilities and is currently deployed in educational facilities, public buildings, critical infrastructure, and private facilities across the U.S.

The privately held company, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, was formed in September 2000. Additional information can be found at http://www.preparedresponse.com or by calling 1-800-705-1856.

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