WAFF 48’s Jake Berent reports on the installation of SafeDefend systems in Limestone County, Alabama schools. “This system allows us to fight back because inside this system are non-lethal items like burning mace, a police baton, a battle strobe,” explains Tom Sisk, Limestone County superintendent. Limestone County teachers have been trained on using the system and are prepared to fight back and defend students.
WAAY 31 shares the inspiring story of Sandy Hook mother Michele Gay’s awareness campaign for school safety, and the solution SafeDefend offers. Limestone County, Alabama schools are in the process of installing the SafeDefend system to better protect its student. “At the end of the day, what makes our community safer is when we all come together, and we work together, and we share our perspectives,” Gay urges.
The Wichita Eagle’s Tim Potter gives sobering commentary on the recent Hesston, Kansas manufacturing facility shooting with insights from SafeDefend CEO and Founder Jeff Green. The average number of shooting attacks, according to the FBI and Texas State University, increased from one every two months, to more than one a month from 2007 to 2013. Almost all workplace violence is committed by employees who know the facility’s vulnerabilities, “so it’s very difficult to prevent someone from coming in,” says Green. [Subscription required]
KMBC 9’s Peggy Breit spotlights how SafeDefend protects employees in an active shooter situation in an interview with Jeff Green, CEO and founder. The SafeDefend system is activated at the swipe of a finger by authorized personnel and instantaneously alerts police and employees. “We say over and over again in our training: the best place to be is somewhere else,” explains Green. “If we can get everyone out and give them the information so it’s safe to do so – let’s clear as many people away from that environment as we can.”
Two Missouri school districts are choosing to spend newly awarded grant money on SafeDefend protective systems, which were created here in the metro.
Schools across the state competed against one another for grants that will be used to enhance school safety. Lone Jack C-6 School District and Middle Grove C-1 School District, which is located in mid-Missouri, each received $5,000 from the Missouri School Boards’ Association through its Missouri Center for Education Safety (CES).
The school districts have decided to spend the grant money along with other funds to start a contract with SafeDefend. The company makes emergency kits that include pepper spray, a baton, trauma pack and other tools recommended by law enforcement. The kits are secured by a fingerprint-activated device that allows for controlled access and secure storage of items. Once the device is open, an alert is sent out to a national monitoring company, along with a text alerting personnel at the school, the local hospital and police.
SafeDefend was founded by CEO Jeff Green, a former Kansas elementary school principal. Green said the safety of schools and other large institutions hits close to home.
“As a father and former elementary principal, I understand the vulnerability our schools face,” Green said in a release. “The staff at Lone Jack C-6 and Middle Grove C-1 are now empowered to respond and manage the crisis, and parents will have peace of mind while students can focus on their future.”
Each SafeDefend unit costs $500, plus fees for installation and monthly monitoring. Also included are free training classes led by former law enforcement personnel. Classes are centered on the principles of run-hide-fight and making quick decisions to evacuate or lock down the classroom.
With the increase in active shooter situations across the country, one local school district is taking precaution and preparing for the worst.
“You never know exactly what to do after Columbine happened and everyone said never run outside because they’re just waiting for you. Each school is trying to come up with their own plan of how to deal with it,” Oskaloosa High School Technology Director William Cormode, said.
William Cormode is a part of the USD 341 team that partnered up with SafeDefend– an emergency response system that mitigates threats in an active shooter situation.
“Unfortunately, with the world we live in today this type of situation has to be in every teacher and staff job description,” Superintendent John Pfau said.
Teachers were taught how to use non-lethal supplies like pepper spray, trauma packs, high beam flashlights and more. These supplies are locked in a SafeDefend box and the key is the teacher’s finger print.
“The finger print activation prevents students from being able to activate it. So we’re not going to get a false alarm, only staff and faculty can activate the system,” SafeDefend Director of Trainers Douglas Parisi said.
When the alarm is activated, law enforcement will immediately be alerted with information down to the activation location and room number. The system will also send a mass text and email to every staff member and teacher in the school and the district.
“So if you’re on the opposite side of the building in the elementary school and something happens to the high school those elementary school teachers will know to run for the exits and get out, but those teachers that may be closer to the event might decide it might be better to just hide because you wouldn’t run to the hallway in an event like that,” said Parisi.
With Safe Defend Cormode said he’s ready to face any scenario.
“We have everything we need to keep the kids safe, all the tools needed and all the training needed so I would feel perfectly fine,” Cormode said.
The Oskaloosa School District will only have boxes in the main entry areas and offices, Cormode said, but he hopes they will make their way into every classroom soon.
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