Maricopa Unified School District Installs the Rapid Responder Crisis Management System to Protect Students and Staff

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Award-winning solution provides school security and first responders with instant access to critical campus information during emergencies.

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Rapid Responder allows the Maricopa Police and Fire Departments to work closely with district administrators so they can respond faster and in a more coordinated manner with other agencies to better protect both students and staff.

The Maricopa Unified School District announced today it has installed the award-winning Rapid Responder® crisis management system to protect its students and staff during a wide-range of emergencies. The Web-based Rapid Responder from Prepared Response Inc. provides police, fire and other first responders with secure and instant access to critical campus information including floor plans, aerial imagery and other important information via a computer. The district received a federal school safety grant in 2007 to install Rapid Responder which will help protect the district's nine elementary, middle, high school and administration facilities. Prepared Response also provided emergency preparedness and tactical response consulting services for the district.

"We are grateful for the efforts of Prepared Response and we are excited about the implementation of the Rapid Responder System. Safety is a District-wide priority and this crisis management system will be invaluable for planning and, if necessary, crisis response," stated District spokesman Tom Beckett.

"Maricopa Unified School District joins a growing list of Arizona school districts that are using Rapid Responder to protect their schools," said Jim Finnell, president and CEO of Prepared Response, Inc. "Rapid Responder allows the Maricopa Police and Fire Departments to work closely with district administrators so they can respond faster and in a more coordinated manner with other agencies to better protect both students and staff."

Rapid Responder has been used during a campus shooting, bomb threats, lock downs and other emergency situations on school campuses throughout the country. Rapid Responder is the only crisis management system certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SAFETY Act as a "Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology." Rapid Responder is being used in 14 states with over 5,000 end users including nearly 600 public safety agencies and 345 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 and is endorsed by the National Sheriffs' Association.

About Maricopa Unified School District
Maricopa, Arizona is a growing city located about 20 miles south of Phoenix. Our small, friendly community and our outstanding neighborhood schools are just two of the things that make Maricopa Unified School District stand out.

At Maricopa Unified School District, we pride ourselves in providing the best for our students. Our schools and their facilities provide state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools, and we are proud of our dedicated teachers and support staff, who are enthusiastic about helping our students reach their potential. To learn about us, visit our website at http://www.musd20.org.

About Prepared Response, Inc.
Prepared Response Inc. is a national leader in emergency preparedness and crisis management. The company develops mission critical technology, as well as consulting and training that enable police, fire, and other emergency responders to save lives and mitigate property damage. The company's flagship product, Rapid Responder, runs on 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 of 2002 and is endorsed by the National Sheriffs' Association. The Rapid Responder system protects more than 14,000 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.

Contact:
Maricopa USD
Tom Beckett
Director of Public Relations
520-568-8100 x1003

Prepared Response Inc.
Gary Sabol
Public Relations Manager
206-223-5544

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