What makes DIR-S different from the other solutions available? What are the biggest needs when it comes to choosing security software?
One of the key components is needing a solution that provides prompt and accurate SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. In schools and other organizations with multiple rooms, locations, and people, it is imperative that they are able to quickly communicate and coordinate emergency response procedures.
One of the main benefits of DIR-S is the quick accountability it provides. It is intuitive and simple, yet comprehensive. With the LOCATION, CHAT, and REPORT tabs users are provided all of the necessary tools and information to keep them safe and connected with the other users connected to their location.
The Location tab provides interactive maps where users can update their location while staying updated on the locations of everyone else in the school, in real-time.
On the chat board, users can stay in the loop about how the alert is progressing from administrators, responders, and other users.
The Report tab allows users a centralized location to report missing and found individuals. It also gives customizable guidance to users depending on the alert scenario.
That’s because DIR-S is in a constant state of development and improvement, thus ensuring users that it will always be able to meet their needs and help keep their organization safe when it matters most.
Remember: Get Safe, Stay Safe.
School year draws to a close and we all continue into an uncertain future, we want it to be clear to all who we work with that we are all in it together. Our motto holds as true now in these times as ever.
Get Safe. In this age, it is easier than ever to know the proper safety measures to take to keep ourselves and others safe. It is up to all of us to be smart.
Stay Safe. Now that we have all been doing those things necessary for being safe in a world stricken by a global pandemic, we can’t let ourselves get too complacent with our safety.
From all of us here at Tresit Group, Get Safe, Stay Safe.
In this video we teach you how to opt in & out of alert types in DIR-S. This can be especially beneficial to district administrators, responders, and teachers who work in multiple locations and have more than one school under their DIR-S (duress) account.
An effective communication plan is the most overlooked part of an emergency plan. The best communications plan is layered with redundancy. Each individual needs the ability to communicate to the outside and also have the ability to receive communications from the outside. In the military they use what is called a P.A.C.E. plan (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency). The principle is to have multiple methods to communicate in case one method is not available or fails. Additionally, communication needs to touch those that can listen and make a difference with the information they receive and respond effectively.
In the majority of situations there is no thought put into a communications plan. In every situation, every incident and emergency, having effective communications makes all the difference. Too much time, money and energy is wasted on things that have limited impact on emergencies, or impact very specific situations. Creating a communications plan will empower each individual in any given situation and ultimately have the greatest impact on saving lives.
In an organization you have an employee, other employees, administration, and first responders that need to be tied into the communications plan. Most important is assessing how each individual can get a message out regardless of where they are located in the facility. Secondly, how a message can be sent to each individual from a central location regardless of their location. Next, how does the message reach first responders in real time. Lastly, how to maintain ongoing communications throughout the incident until the situation is resolved. In some cases multiples means of communications are used to address each of these. There are some technologies that exist, which provide ability to do all the above, but be cautious to not create a single point of failure. A school recently spent a lot of money on a communication system that provided the means to communicate with all their people in a variety of ways. The system was great, however only a single person in a single location could send a message. This creates a single point of failure and creates a critical situation when that person does not have all the right information. This is similar to systems in hospitals across the nation. They are dependent on one person to share the right information at the right time, to everyone.
While conducting training at a local school, the question was asked, “if there is an active threat how should I alert the school?” The response, “every possible means.” However if there was an isolated medical incident, a call to 911 may be sufficient. Many organizations conduct drills on a regular basis, but do not practice communicating during those drills. Employees follow pre-determined plans, which does not truly train and enhance preparedness. It would be more effective to setup scenarios where different methods of communications were required to be used to navigate through a specific emergency.
Bottom line. A redundant plan that connects all the right people initially, during and after an incident happens.
Bottom line. A redundant plan that connects all the right people initially, during and after an incident happens.
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.
In this tutorial video, we run you through how to update your location in an emergency using DIR-S and why this is important. Enjoy!
Get safe. Stay safe.
This is our company’s motto. Everything we do in the development of DIR-S and the expansion of our business is fueled largely by this moto. DIR-S is used on nearly a daily basis in keeping schools safe. Even with all of the updates, efforts, and new features we implement, it requires effective, clear thinking by everyone involved to achieve the best results and maintain the safety of everyone involved.
We find ourselves in a similar position now as a world facing COVID-19, and the uncertainties brought about by it. To reduce the negative effects of this virus it will require effective, clear thinking from everyone involved. Our thanks and prayers go out to our medical experts, responders, and everyone else who is working tirelessly to get ahead of this terrible virus that is bringing about so much death around the world.
Remember, we are all in this together.
Get safe. Stay safe.
A number of times in the past few months, we have had the opportunity to meet with focus groups consisting of police, dispatch, school officials, and our Tresit Group team.
These meetings have been incredibly beneficial to everyone involved. It is not generally common to get police, dispatch, and school officials coordinating in person on a regular basis. In these meetings, we are able to evaluate incident reports, field questions about DIR-S, and ensure that everyone is on the same page with school security.
It is in meetings like these where these types of conversations are facilitated that real progress is made. Everyone has an idea of what needs to happen for their perspective, and everyone wants more than anything to keep students and staff safe. As we continue to bring people and organizations together with DIR-S, we will continue to see safer schools and more communication between schools and law enforcement.
We send a big thanks out to everyone who has been a part of one of these meetings, and we look forward to future meetings.
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 schools and organizations using DIR-S are all familiar with the application 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 to manage.
(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 person in the student parking lot waving a weapon out the window. Vehicle located unoccupied in the North student parking lot with an air soft gun inside. School remain 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 outstanding.
Because of DIR-S, this situation which could have caused a 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.
This video is about Setting up DIR-S Notifications on iPhone. Most of the questions we get are from clients wondering why they are not receiving notifications on their mobile devices. Most of the time this is because they have simply opted out of notifications. This video shows how to correctly set up your DIR-S (duress) notifications to ensure that you receive notifications when DIR-S is used.
In this video, we run through the steps a teacher, or "base user," should take when they receive a "Lockdown" alert on DIR-S (duress).
Since DIR-S is used often in high stress situations, we have gone to great lengths to make it as user friendly and simple of a process as possible. To aid in this, we provide in this video a step-by-step rundown of what to do.
In this video, we run through an example of how to conduct an Evacuation procedure from a smartphone using DIR-S (duress). Similar procedures are used when sending out other alert types from smartphones; this particular video is taken in the context of an evacuation.
In the video above, we show how to run an Evacuation drill from your desktop app. We run through the drill from the perspective of a school administrator.
Make sure and view our blog regularly to see more DIR-S tutorial videos as they are made. They will be covering a wide variety or situations and scenarios where DIR-S can be used to handle the situation in the most effective way possible.
Happy holidays from all of us here at Tresit Group! We hope you all had a great Christmas and are lined up to have an outstanding New Years.
We are excited for this new year and the changes and adventures it will bring. There are a lot of things to look forward to with DIR-S in the coming year. We have an exciting update to DIR-S which we are confident these changes will further enhance the user experience. Additional details regarding this update can be expected in your inbox in the coming weeks.
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Thane Hutchinson, the Principal of Mount Logan Middle School. He has been using DIR-S for the past few years and had some wonderful things to say about DIR-S, and how it has helped his school
Strong gas smell filling the cafeteria, evacuate the building.
EVACUATE alert initiated at 9:07 a.m. by Site Admin (Principal) Marlo Lassider. Location Main Building - 1st Floor
9:07 a.m. (Principal): We have a strong odor of gas that was outside but can now be smelled inside the cafeteria, so out of extreme caution we are having everybody go outside.
9:08 a.m. (Assistant Principal): I’m on my way.
9:09 a.m. (Security): This is Juliette O’Hara from security. Do you want the fire department? Your Henry Spencer, your SRO is on his way now.
9:10 a.m. (Teacher 1): I am home today, but I showed my sub how DIR-S work on my desktop before I left.
9:13 a.m. (Teacher 2): We have Burton Guster and Shaun Spencer, the volunteer parents, with us.
9:26 a.m. (Teacher 3): I checked in on the offsite button, but my students and I are on a trip. I will be monitoring here on DIR-S
9:42 a.m. (Principal): We are having all students go to Despereaux Middle School where parents will be picking up students.
With such a large school and so many people in so many different places, DIR-S made this entire ordeal much more manageable than it previously might have been. Thanks to the communication medium provided by DIR-S, the situation was handled in an orderly manner, and all students, faculty, and volunteers made it home safe and responders got the gas smell taken care of.
(Names and locations changed for privacy.)
Names and Locations changed for privacy
HALL CHECK alert initiated at 8:10 a.m. by Site Admin (Principal), Elaine Benes. Location: 1st floor, office
8:10 a.m. (Dispatch): Is this a drill?
8:11 a.m. (Principal): Not a drill, looking for Frank Buffay.
8:12 a.m. (Teacher 1): He was not in class today. I was under the impression that he did not arrive at school.
8:12 a.m. (Dispatch): Do you want an incident generated?
8:12 a.m. (Principal): Yes
8:13 a.m. (Teacher 2): He is here today. I saw him leave the library as first period was starting.
Shortly after this, the missing student was accounted for. While this situation was resolved in relatively short order, when there is a student unaccounted for, it can not be taken lightly. Thanks to DIR-S, teachers, and responders were able to communicate effectively to keep everyone informed and up to date on the situation.
Names and descriptions changed for privacy.
2:18 p.m. ASSISTANCE NEEDED alert sent out by Rosa Dias (Teacher 1). Location: Main Building – 1st Floor
2:19 p.m. (Teacher 1): A student told me there is a garbage can smoking in the boys bathroom.
2:21 p.m. (Dispatch): Dispatch copies
2:22 p.m. (Principal): SRO is evaluating the situation.
2:48 p.m. Alert escalated to HALL CHECK by SRO Jake Peralta
2:48 p.m. (Dispatch): Dispatch copes
2:48 p.m. (SRO): I escalated the alert to keep kids out of the halls while I am dealing with the smoke.
2:49 p.m. (Dispatch): Copy
2:58 p.m. (Teacher 1): Raymond Holt is my student who discovered the fire. He has black hair and was wearing a yellow t-shirt. He came running back to tell me there was a fire. When you look over the camera feed look at about 2:18. That’s when Raymond came running to tell me.
2:59 p.m. (Principal): We have him in the office, thanks.
2:59 p.m. (Teacher 2): I have a student who is being checked out. Is it ok to send her to the office?
3:00 p.m. (Principal): Yes, just make sure and send them with a hall pass.
DIR-S enabled the School Resource Officer to assess the situation and keep teachers updated as the situation progressed. Doing this kept students out of the halls until the smoke cleared.
3:08 p.m. LOCKDOWN alert initiated by (Teacher 1)
3:09 p.m. (Principal): What’s the problem?
3:09 p.m. (Teacher 1): A student brought a gun.
3:11 p.m. (Principal): Police are notified and on the way. Does he still have it?
3:11 p.m. (Teacher 1): Yes. No shooting. He’s Really mad.
3:12 p.m. (Principal): Help is coming. Description of the student?
To protect the privacy of those involved, no more chat transcript will be provided.
Thankfully, police arrived on scene moments later and were able to get the situation under control without anyone being harmed. Thanks to DIR-S, the teacher was able to stay in discrete and active communication with the principal. All other teachers were able to stay up to date on the situation without any major disruptions to their classes, other than ensuring that their students stay in the room. Moreover, being able to remain in real-time communication with DIR-S helped reaction times remain at a minimum, and everyone in the school was kept safe.
Missing student HALL CHECK alert. (Names changed for privacy)
11:07 a.m. HALL CHECK alert initiated by school principal Jan Levinson
11:07 a.m. (Dispatch): Is this a drill?
11:07 a.m. (Principal): Missing student somewhere inside the school, Andrew Bernard. Not a drill, but will not be needing police at this point.
11:08 a.m. (Dispatch): Dispatch copies.
11:08 a.m. He was not in reading group this morning, and his teachers have not been able to locate him.
Shortly after this, school officials were able to locate the missing student. Even though there was not a need for police in this incident having dispatch instantly in the loop when the incident began was incredibly valuable in the event that the situation escalated to the point that police were needed. DIR-S provided the communication channels necessary to keep both police and teachers in the loop without causing any kind of commotion in the school or surrounding area.