CrisisGo Presents: "The Safety 7"

December 4, 2018
Safety Insight

When you work with as many schools and organizations as we do, you start to notice certain trends in school safety. No situation is the same, and different schools require different measures to maximize the safety of their students and staff. Yet despite the unique safety needs our schools have, there are several distinct keys that are required to truly make your schools safer. At CrisisGo, we call these keys the Safety 7.

We don’t rank the Safety 7 because each one is valuable, and they are all connected as pieces of a total safety solution.

Without further ado, here is the Safety 7:

Communication is at the heart of safety, which is why all of CrisisGo’s safety tools and features are connected through communication channels.

When an emergency occurs, you need to know that your people can communicate throughout the process: from the start of the incident to its resolution. Knowing your staff, students, parents, and even first responders are always connected in communication is critical for creating a safer learning environment. When a crisis strikes, seconds count, and every second you save could be a life saved.

If a disaster does occur, you’re not going to want your people fumbling with emergency plan binders or grade books for their class roster.

Many emergency situations require your staff to have access to specific information (like emergency plans, evacuation maps, emergency contact information, or student rosters), and granting your staff digital access to critical emergency resources means your staff can always have everything they need right at their fingertips.

When a teacher or student sees something that is unsafe, you want them to say something.

But how easy is it for a teacher to report a safety risk or for students to report bullying? Reporting safety issues is one of the best ways to prevent emergencies, but if you don’t have a viable reporting mechanism, you deflate your chances of prevention. Having the ability to report safety issues from any mobile device or computer gives your stakeholders the power to quickly and discreetly report any risk.

One of the biggest challenges in the heat of an emergency is accounting for people, specifically students.

With contemporary safety protocols recommending that students run from danger when possible, like during an active shooter situation, it can be difficult to know where your students are and if they are safe. To truly be able to account for students, you need to be able to not only direct message them to check their status, but you need the ability for students to show their GPS location as well.

A hard truth is that many safety hiccups are born out of ignorance, that is to say, a lack of knowledge or awareness.

Safety awareness is key for keeping your staff and students up-to-date about what safety threats could impact their daily lives and how to respond to those situations. By spreading safety awareness in your schools, you can create a better safety culture that is proactive and prepared.

Many safety programs and plans come up with hundreds of ways to keep students safe without directly involving the students.

Students not only deserve to be safe, but they also deserve to play a role in their personal safety and the safety of their school. By empowering students with specialized safety resources, you can increase the eyes and ears that are tuned to safety threats at your school while ensuring that students only receive the appropriate information they need to stay safe.

Safety is never complete. There is no perfect safety plan because we must constantly practice and evaluate our safety protocols and responses; however, the Safety 7 can help get you on the right track.

Get your copy of the Safety 7 flier, so you can always remember what's most important for school safety.

Greg Peterson