There are over 100,000 private and public institutions educating children from grades K-12. Each school is mandated by federal law to drill monthly in preparation for incidents that may occur at a school. On average drills last 30 minutes when conducted. This means each month schools across the United States spend 50,000 hours conducting some sort of drill. On average there are 32 teachers per school and make an average of $30 an hour. This equates to $48M spent every month to conduct drills or $480M spent every year. Additionally, schools report at least one significant emergency every year. This can take an average of 2 hours to resolve, another $192M spent. What if we could cut this number in half and use those dollars for enhanced learning for students?
This is why Tresit Group built the Disaster Incident Report and Security (DIR-S) System. Our goal was to give schools back their time to what they do best, learn. Using DIR-S reduces drill times and in live incidents gets schools back to normal operations faster than any other system in the world. Simply put, we connect schools with those that respond during any type of incident and on any device. Real-time chat and interactive maps gives everyone enhanced situational awareness for the best decision making.
During the last two school years DIR-S has been used over 5,000 times for drills and incidents in schools throughout the United States. Data indicates when a school adopts DIR-S, drill times are reduced to more than half and in many cases can be done in a few minutes. Day to day incidents that are occurring is resolved in a tenth of the time. These results more than fund the use of DIR-S and give more time for focus on learning. In the last school year 2017-18 DIR-S was used weekly for a variety of emergencies that in all likelihood saved lives.
In this video, we explain how to speak to a specific user in DIR-S (duress) rather than sending your message out on the Global Chat.
Many district administrators, responders, and teachers who do work in multiple schools will have access to different schools. In this tutorial we run through how to switch between schools in DIR-S (duress).
How do you keep panic down and everyone connected and safe? DIR-S has the answer for you. Read the following case study from a recent incident at a school that is secured by DIR-S to see how they were able to keep everyone connected, calm, and safe while dealing with the situation and getting responders to the school.
Names and locations changed for privacy.
2:30 p.m. EVACUATE alert initiated by Site Admin (Principal), Reymond Holt.
2:31 p.m. (Dispatch): Fire department is on the way.
2:32 p.m. (Principal): Teachers make sure and check in on DIR-S and update your location when you get to your assigned evacuation locations.
2:38 p.m. (Principal): Fire Department is on the scene and clearing the building. Everyone stands by for all clear to reenter the building.
Thankfully, the situation was resolved promptly and teachers and students were able to resume normal operations shortly after.
In a school environment of hundreds of students and teachers in so many different rooms, it can be difficult to handle these types of situations. Because of DIR-S, this school was able to resolve the issue in a matter of minutes.
As we all come in on yet another week doing our best to keep ourselves, our families, and our co-workers safe from the COVID-19 pandemic our world is facing, we here at Tresit Group want to extend our love and support to all those who are impacte by this. With a pandemic of this magnitude, everyone is impacted to one level or another.
Being on quarantine has proven to be an endeavor all its own. One thing that many schools are doing is running remote drills among their staff. This ensures that all school faculty members are still able to remain connected and familiar with DIR-S and their emergency protocols.
While we are all finding new ways to be innovative and productive with the societal adjustments that COVID-19 has brought with it, let’s all remember to be smart and do what we can to Get Safe and Stay Safe.