Alyssa’s Law addresses the issue of law enforcement response time when a life-threatening emergency occurs. The law calls for the installation of warning lights and a panic alarm in schools to provide the fastest possible support during a code red. In a code red, every second counts. Alyssa's Law has now been passed in the state of New Jersey and a bill has been filed on the state of Florida. Petitions have been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level.
The Alyssa Law was named after 14 year old Alyssa Alhadeff, who lost her life in the Stoneman Douglas School shooting. Investigation of the tragedy found that insufficient response time was found to be a contributing factor in the loss of life. The Alyssa Law would require all public elementary and secondary schools to install either silent panic alarms or alternative emergency mechanisms approved by The Department of Education. To learn more about Alyssa's Law and the organization behind it, visit the Make Our Schools Safe website.
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The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee unanimously advanced a measure from state Sen. Lauren Book (SB 70) that would mandate public schools be equipped with panic alarms.
Book sponsored a similar measure, called “Alyssa’s Law,” in the 2019 Session. But that effort died in committee.
The bill is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 murdered during the 2018 attack at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Book’s bill was filed in response to that shooting.
“Each public school building must be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency, including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation,” the bill reads.
“The panic alarm must be directly linked to the local law enforcement agencies that are designated as first responders to the school’s campus and must immediately transmit a signal or message to those authorities upon activation.”
A version of the law has already been approved in New Jersey. Now, Book is back with another attempt this Session to get that measure signed into law here in Florida.
“We just want to ensure that our children are kept safe,” Book told members of the Committee during a Monday presentation on her legislation.
Book was named to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission following the 2018 attack. That body was tasked with investigating the shooting as well as ways to improve school safety throughout the state.
John Sullivan, Director of Legislative Affairs for Broward County Public Schools, was also present in Tallahassee speaking in support of the bill.
“I’m hoping the introduction of ‘Alyssa’s Law’ to the state of Florida is just one way we can honor the young life of Alyssa Alhadeff,” Gottlieb said back in August upon introducing the bill.
“First responders will now receive immediate guidance and direction; enabling them to respond more quickly, eliminate a threat, and treat the wounded.”
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State Representative Michael Gottlieb, (D-District 98) has filed legislation to pass Alyssa’s Law in Florida. This legislation would mandate every public school in the State to have a panic button alarm system installed. The intent of the alarm, per Rep. Gottlieb, is to allow a teacher or school employee to be able to communicate directly with local law enforcement in the event of an active shooter or other emergencies, reducing response time, which in turn can save lives. ASR Alert Systems, based in Juno Beach, FL, has developed and installed this type of technology in several schools, businesses, town halls and places of worship, around the state of Florida as well as in other states throughout the country.
Who wouldn’t want to give these schools a better chance if something like this were to happen again?” Gottlieb said. “We must continue this congruent effort until we find some preventative solutions to our mass shooting epidemic.”
This is here to keep all of us safe. We pray that we never, ever actually need to use it…For us, it’s the right thing to do, this system helps keep our kids safe” said Jacob Godino, Director of Operations, Jupiter Christian School.
ASR’s President, Hector Delgado says, “Our system empowers students, faculty and staff to notify local first responders, 911 dispatch, and all personnel within their facility in an active shooter/assailant situation with the simple push of a button. The notification pinpoints and provides the exact location of the threat. This not only helps police respond immediately with accurate information, but it also helps our students, faculty and staff know where the threat is located so they can run away from the threat, not towards it. There is no question that the ASR Alert System can make a difference, we truly believe that saving time saves lives!”
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A petition has been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level. The law was passed in New Jersey earlier this year and implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. State Representative Michael Gottlieb has sponsored the bill and will need the legislature to agree to allow alarms in schools.
The public can help bring Alyssa's Law through to the national level by signing the petition using the link below. The petition has a goal of 10,000 signatures.
To sign the petition CLICK HERE
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After careful investigation of the Parkland, FL shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, insufficient emergency response time was found to be a major contributing factor in the loss of life that day. With ASR alert systems, response time can be SIGNIFICANTLY shorter, more rapid, and wholly more efficient. ASR is currently offering special deals in compliance with Alyssa's Law.
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