Picture it, you are teaching a class just like any other typical day and then all of the sudden your cell phone dings with a notification. At the same time your desktop computer pushes out a blaring alert. It's a Share911 message saying that all students and staff must evacuate the building immediately. Your class quietly leaves the classroom in an orderly fashion and follows the correct evacuation procedures. As other students and staff leave the building, the command center, located in the main office and led by the building principal, is monitoring the Share911 alert that she sent out just a few minutes ago to see, in real-time, the various classes that are checking in from their smartphones. Based off of past drills that were conducted, teachers know that once they arrive at the appropriate evacuation site, they must check-in on the Share911 app. This gives the command center an opportunity to see who is accounted for and missing. Eventually, the building principal feels that enough time has lapsed to call off the drill. Using the Share911 app, she is able to send out an "all clear" alert to the teachers that the evacuation situation is over. Students and staff then return to their classrooms in an orderly fashion. The building principal then runs a report with a few clicks of the mouse or taps of the screen to see if everyone was able to check-in and that students were accounted for.
The situation described above would look much different ten years ago. An announcement would need to be made over the PA system, color coded cards displayed, additional announcements, and post drill collection forms filled out and collected. Share911 gives users the ability to quickly communicate with others during a crisis or drill on the internet enabled device. It could be utilized inside or outside the classroom setting. Many schools and districts now use Share911 to communicate during drill or actual emergency. It's part of school safety manuals and is an expectation that everyone uses the web application each time a situation arises.
So what do you say? Consider moving your school or district emergency management plan to the digital world. Meet people where they are, which is on their devices, to effectively to ensure their safety and provide real-time information.
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