SafeDefend Exhibits at NSBA Annual Conference

Last week, SafeDefend exhibited the Personal Protection System to a new audience of school board members in Nashville, Tenn. at the National School Board Association (NSBA) annual conference, which also marked the organization’s 75th anniversary. The conference occurred from March 21-23, 2015 and welcomed more than 7,000 school board members, speakers, vendors and exhibitors. It featured a series of resources, such as speakers, sessions and events to help school board members enhance the learning experience in their districts.

According to the NSBA website, the goal of the conference was to bring together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future of students. Attendees had the opportunity to gain ideas and strategies through more than 200 programming sessions, workshops, speakers, site visits and exhibitors with cutting-edge content and ideas to support student achievement.

Some featured speakers at the conference included Emmy winning journalist Jane Pauley, Yahoo Tech founder and New York Times columnist David Pogue, and television personality Montel Williams.

Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend, was excited to exhibit his cutting edge solution to ensuring safety in the classroom. SafeDefend is the first comprehensive emergency response system which includes a teacher training program, immediate crisis notification and security response systems for classrooms. The training is directed by certified law enforcement trainers and is a non-lethal program that arms teachers with a wide range of response options for escape, trauma response and direct protection.

Many Schools Utilize Technology as Part of School Safety Plans

Liberty School District, located in Clay County, Mo. is the second-fastest growing school district in the state with 19 schools, serving 11,800 students. With school safety being a top priority, officials have collaborated with Avigilon to install an end-to-end security solution, including access control and high-definition video surveillance to improve school safety, accelerate incident response times and save on time and cost.

According to Curt Laven, technology specialist at Liberty Public Schools, “With thousands of students spread across 22 facilities, safety is a top priority at our schools district-wide.”

The security system also includes more than 300 video surveillance cameras that will help each school monitor critical locations across the district and provide clear image detail that can be used as evidence, in addition to being able to restrict employee’ access quickly and easily, if needed.

The use of technology in schools is increasing, and utilizing this technology for school safety purposes is a great idea, according to Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend. “The best approach is a comprehensive one, that combines technology, law enforcement training and effective tools.”

School Safety Apps – New Technology Being Used in Schools

New advances in technology are now helping students and schools to be more prepared in disaster situations. There have specifically been advances in alerts for what could be perceived as threats to school settings and situations.

Now, with just a few short clicks of a button, school administrators can be alerted to dangers in the area. According to a recent article on App.com, police in New Jersey were able to let school officials know that there had been a hold-up at gun point just a few blocks away and that they should be on alert.

“I can say that this system was a great asset as the school was placed in lockdown by me when we realized that the threat was heading in the direction of the school,” Police Chief Butch Casaletto said.

According to Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend, schools must take a holistic approach to school safety and attack on many levels. “Technology is an untapped market in the school safety industry. Many naturally focus on training and prevention, but adding a technological aspect to a school safety plan is a smart idea.” The advanced technology used in the Personnel Protection System from SafeDefend alerts police of an emergency within seconds.

Technology like school safety apps and that in the PPS kit from SafeDefend allows for quicker response time and will help break down many of the potential communication barriers that can exist between schools and law enforcement.

Active Shooter Simulations: Preparation at What Cost?

With school and mass shootings seemingly prevalent in the news, schools are taking more precautions and training for crisis situations. For years, schools have had simulations for drunk driving or fire drills, but the latest trend in disaster preparedness for schools is a simulation of a mass shooting. According to a recent article by The Atlantic, the odds of dying in a mass shooting are about 1 in 2.5 million. However, the effects of these incidents can leave lasting physical and emotional scars on innocent victims.

Without a doubt, school administrators should take every necessary step to prepare for such event, but at what cost? In extremely personal testimonials, students recount the simulation and speak vividly of events that we hope never happen. Six states (Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and New Jersey) have even taken lockdown to the next level; these mandate specific active-shooter drills in which armed police officers often bust down classroom doors, fake guns fully loaded.

So, why are schools making students experience this immersive approach when parents and psychologists argue it isn’t justified by worthy statistics? Those in favor of the simulations argue that while there is no guidebook for step-by-step actions to take in case of emergency, students who go through simulations and are aware of what could happen will be more likely to feel and act prepared.

Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend, argues that active shooter preparedness is completely necessary, but that a more practical approach could be taken. “Instead of scaring children and school administrators with realistic active shooter scenarios, schools should take a practical approach to training – with the help of qualified law enforcement and public officials, schools can feel prepared, not scared.”