This past week, a few members of our team had the opportunity to attend an active shooter preparedness seminar in Salt Lake City that was put on by the Department of Homeland Security.
It was an all-day meeting, split into six modules, covering everything from safety protocols that schools and other types of organizations should have in place before any kind of emergency situations happens to the recovery process after something has happened.
In the fourth module, they talked about the uses that emergency communications platforms can be put to, and some of the main things that the Homeland Security representative emphasized were the same things that we have stressed to our clients when setting them up with DIR-S.
You can have the most amazing program in the world, but if your people are not intimately familiar with it, they will not be prepared when faced with an emergency situation. Over and over through the training, they talked about how important it is to drill regularly using your emergency communications system.
That makes it so that when faced with a real situation, no matter the magnitude, everyone will know exactly what to do, and the situation will be handled quickly and effectively.
Just this past week, the first week of school, there were several live incidents using DIR-S. In one of those incidents, there was a city-wide power outage.
The school officials were able to use DIR-S on their smart phones to keep everyone connected and informed throughout the situation. It was handled very quickly, and they were able to stay in communication. Everyone in the school was kept informed, and school was kept in session.
Several things were proven in this one instance.
This picture provided shows how well any type of situation can be handled when DIR-S is used.
They were able to stay in communication, even when the power in the whole town went down.
It is important to note that not only can schools use DIR-S when there is something drastic like a bomb threat or a shooter, but whenever there might be something like an allergic reaction, bad weather, or even a temporary power outage.
In short, DIR-S is the best emergency communications program there is, and we are always working to make it even better.