In a recent school incident, a school principal sent out an evacuation alert because of reports of smoke coming from the kitchen. Upon evacuating the school, one of the teachers was unable to locate one of their students.
Already being well accustomed to drilling with DIR-S, the teacher used the REPORT tab in DIR-S to notify the rest of the school that the student was unaccounted for.
It was shortly discovered that since this student lived close to the school when the school evacuated, they simply decided to jog home.
Because this teacher was so quickly able to notify the rest of the school of this missing student, they were able to get the help of the rest of the other teachers, administrators, and responders in mere seconds.
The REPORT tab in DIR-S is meant to serve exactly as was depicted in this case study. It ensured that the name of the missing student did not get lost in the chat tab. Once the student was found, they were reported as “found,” and promptly returned to where their class was assembled.
What is situational awareness? (Hint: It helps everyone make better decisions.)
Situational awareness is your knowledge of events and conditions occurring at a given time and place. It also includes your ability to use current information to project what will happen.
DIR-S (duress) is entirely devoted to boosting situational awareness for everyone involved in emergency situations. One of the most effective tools DIR-S provides to users is an interactive mapping system that keeps everyone up to date on the safety statuses of individual locations within the facility.
When a DIR-S alert is initiated, all of the users connected to that facility receive a notification on their desktop and mobile devices via the desktop app or DIR-S app available in the App Stores. Upon receiving an alert, you are immediately prompted to indicate where you are and whether you are “Safe” or “Unsafe.”
Depending on your response, the room you are in will show up as green (safe) or red (unsafe). You will then see other users check-in on the interactive map and it will depict with pinpoint accuracy where the safe and unsafe areas are inside of the building(s).
Throughout an emergency situation, if a user’s location changes, they can update/change their location and status in DIR-S in seconds.
Having clear and accurate information on the DIR-S maps gives base users, administrators, and responders the ability to account for everyone in seconds and immediately locate where the problems might be in the school. Users can then use that information to adapt their response to the situation to maximize both the effectiveness and safety of everyone involved.
What do you do when faced with an emergency situation to spread the word immediately without causing a panic? DIR-S is used almost every day in different situations our clients find themselves in.
When users are familiar with DIR-S, and have taken the time to become proficient with it, reaction times are cut down to mere minutes. As can be seen in the case study below, this school was able to react to the threat posed to them in a matter of minutes, when managing this same type of situation might have taken well over an hour.
(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 am able.
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.
Knowing what to do given the specific alert type allowed teachers, administrators, and responders to quickly react to the situation. Because they had drilled regularly and were familiar with the procedures pertaining to the different alert types, even when the alert was escalated during the situation, everyone knew exactly what to do. They were able to avoid panic and get the entire situation taken care of in a matter of roughly 30 minutes without anyone being harmed or panicking.
Get Safe, Stay Safe.
DIR-S is an emergency communication program that is able to tie into any existing safety protocols to maximize the safety of the organization.
Currently, DIR-S is primarily used in schools and continues to prove itself time and time again in how much more effectively responders, administrators, and teachers are able to stay connected and quickly relay pertinent information throughout any kind of emergency situation.
One of the main things that differentiates DIR-S from other systems is its interactive mapping capabilities. Users are able to update their location and safety status instantly. All actions are immediately visible to all other users on DIR-S ensuring that no one is left out of the loop, and everyone is kept safe.
Learn more about how DIR-S can improve the safety and emergency response of your organization by exploring our website, social media channels, or reach out to us directly.
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