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Three Reasons For Emergency Management In Schools

8/9/21—Campus emergencies, both small and large, can require assistance from local authorities and first responders to ensure the health and safety of students and staff alike.  Beyond the instance of violence in schools, the ability to provide timely and accurate medical and security services is necessary more often than you might think. With solutions like Emergency Management from AlertTrace, communication between the classroom, staff, dispatchers, and incident managers is both faster and more effective, improving outcomes when it matters most.

25% of Child Injuries Occur in School

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 28% of a child’s day is spent in school, with one-quarter of pediatric injuries happening on campus. Every year in the US, 67% of schools activate an emergency service for incidents involving students, and 37% for an emergency involving an adult. These injuries often are related to sporting activities, which are more likely to necessitate transport to a medical facility for treatment. Having a proactive plan and system in place ensures that staff can focus their attention on the injured child, keeping them calm and safe until help arrives. With reduced response times enabled through our EMS, kids, parents, and faculty can be assured that complications and further injuries are minimized.

1 in 5 Students Have an Allergic Reaction at School

Within a typical classroom, the CDC indicates that at least two children have food allergies, and this number is growing for unknown reasons. The nature of food allergies is a large variable for kids and schools, as reactions can be severe and life-threatening, even for those who’ve had no previous known food allergy. Especially for kids who haven’t experienced reactions before, and have no medical action plan in place, time is of the essence. When every second counts, instant alerts ensure schools protect children, so first responders can provide the proper care needed as quickly as possible. Every second reduced between the onset of reaction and the administration of medical treatment can save a life.

3,230 Structure Fires in Schools per Year

Schools’ ability to plan and respond to individual emergency situations has a direct relationship with their ability to handle more complex events, like community disasters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2014-2018 an average of over 3,000 fires across the US lead to, on average, one death, 39 civilian injuries, and $37 million in direct property damage.  In 2/3 of fires in schools, these incidents most often occur during daytime hours, from 8 AM to 4PM. While the fires in this majority group often incur the least property damage due to quick response, they also can be the most fraught, due to peak occupancy of children. While staff may have the presence of mind to navigate an event like this with rational and rapid response, the fact remains that the human flight-or-flight response can inhibit our ability to convey essential information to local authorities. The use of the emergency management solution, or EMS, from AlertTrace ensures room-by-room accuracy within multi-story and indoor and outdoor portions of campuses, cutting response time and protecting our most vulnerable as they learn and play.

The Emergency Management Solution from AlertTrace is both cost effective and requires no existing infrastructure, removing barriers to your ability to provide your campus with optimal emergency preparedness. Contact us today to schedule a demo or learn more about how we can help ensure improved health and safety outcomes at your school.