How important are thorough communication methods in or out of emergency situations?
Obviously, the answer is that they are extremely important.
Strictly speaking of common communication methods we might find in schools there will be:
For emergency measures you might find:
All of these things listed above are absolutely fantastic, but how do you tie them all together?
The answer is DIR-S.
DIR-S allows schools and other organizations to connect base users, administrators, and responders no matter what kind of situation you might be facing.
They are then able to combine their emergency systems and protocols with a groundbreaking communication platform. This allows organizations to deal with emergency situations faster than ever before.
How does v.5 make DIR-S even more prepared than ever before to help your organization protect itself from the pandemic?
You no longer have to have an active alert going in DIR-S to use DIR-S!
The most important thing when it comes to protecting your school from COVID is having quick and effective communication for all users.
DIR-S has always been great at that, but now that you can access the newly expanded chat platform this is even more possible.
This has already proven itself useful in schools where students come to school and either receive a positive test while there or are showing symptoms. Teachers and administrators are able to discreetly communicate over DIR-S and take the appropriate next steps depending on the situation.
Read the following case study to see how DIR-S was used recently to keep students and faculty safe and organized in a bomb threat situation.
(Names and locations changed for privacy.)
SOFT LOCKDOWN alert initiated at 12:27 PM by Site Administrator, Margaret Houlihan. Location: Middle School - 2nd Floor - 23 History
Margaret Houlihan 12:28: Stay in your rooms. Keep kids in your room and close your door. They can leace once their parent is here to pick them up. Bomb threat at the high school. Kids only need to know they are going home for safety reasons.
Henry Blake (responder) 1:00: It is confirmed, the bomb threat was a false alarm. Continue as usual.
Margaret Houlihan 1:03: Teachers, all students who have already been taken home are excused for the day.
Parents were able to come to the school and get their kids while the police took care of the situation at the high school. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm.
Thanks to the quick communication provided by DIR-S, both teachers, administrators, and responders were able to keep order in the schools envolved and avoid the panic that often comes with a bomb scare.
No matter the situation, DIR-S brings together teachers, administrators, and responders more efficiently than any other emergency communication platform.
Time and time again, schools are able to respond to any type of emergency situation using DIR-S than has ever previously been possible for them.
Read the following case study to see how DIR-S was used to keep everyone safe in a potential weapons threat.
(Names and Locations Changed for Privacy)
LOCKOUT alert initiated at 8:32 a.m. by Responder Chris Trager.
8:33 a.m. (District Administrator): This is not a drill; I will keep you all informed here on DIR-S as I can.
8:35 a.m. (Responder): Report of a person in the student parking lot waving a weapon out the window. Vehicle located unoccupied in the North student parking lot with an airsoft gun inside. School remains in lockout while we investigate.
8:45 a.m. Alert ESCALATED to LOCKDOWN by Responder Chris Trager.
8:46 a.m. (Responder) For safety reasons we escalated to a lockdown. There were five students potentially involved. Working on getting them all contained.
8:54 a.m. (Responder): Lifting the LOCKDOWN. All students have been identified and contained. No weapons are outstanding.
Because of DIR-S, this situation which could have caused panic and taken hours to handle was completely taken care of in a matter of roughly 30 minutes. No one was harmed, and everyone involved in the situation was able to stay informed as to the information pertinent to them.