Panic Buttons Are Not Just for Active Shooter Events

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Panic button solutions can be used for so much more than active shooter incidents.  While most people seeking out a panic button system are looking to mitigate active shooter risks, many schools and businesses are beginning to understand that panic buttons can be utilized for so much more, if you choose the right manufacturer that is.

Schools and businesses are quickly beginning to understand that there are multiple real-world uses for panic buttons.  

Many schools and businesses are undergoing risk assessments across the country and most are learning a lot about obvious opportunities for improved security and communication across a host of potential hazards that schools and businesses face.  Solutions for easily and effectively locking down schools and businesses and for responding to other emergencies is top of mind for many.

A reputable panic button threat alert system, like ASR, can be customized to the needs of the organization.  Following are some alert event options a true threat alert system should be able to handle.

Active Shooters

Alert notification systems designed to immediately notify law enforcement, first responders, employees, and designees selected by the client, in the event of an active shooter or workplace violence incident within an organization.

Medical Emergencies

Alert notification systems designed to immediately notify emergency services personnel and medical first responders in the event of a medical emergency.  Whether an asthma attack, peanut allergy, heart attack, diabetic attack, or whatever the case might be.

Severe Weather Alerts

Alert notification systems designed to immediately notify emergency services personnel, first responders, employees, and designees selected by the client, in the event of severe weather threats affecting an organization.

Internal Security Communication

Alert notification systems designed to immediately notify designees selected by the client, in the event of internal events that don't necessarily involve the need for 911.  Designees access the situation and then engage in emergency response only if necessary.  Examples may include an unruly person in a building, a fight on a school campus, etc.

Perimeter Alert Systems

While not an actual panic situation, this system sends alerts designed to immediately notify designees selected by the client, in the event of a perimeter entry left open, being breached, or identifying unauthorized exits (students sneaking off campus) that don't necessarily involve the need for 911.  Designees access the situation and then engage emergency response only if necessary.  

Hazmat Alerts

Alert notification systems designed to immediately notify emergency services personnel, employees, and designees selected by the client, in the event of a hazmat or chemical issue.

REDUNDANCY AND SIMPLICITY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR A RELIABLE PANIC ALERT SYSTEM

What Sets the ASR Solution Apart From APP Only Solutions?  Here are some of the major differences between a DEDICATED HARDWARE solution, that ASR offers, vs all other app only based products.

Reflex & Muscle Memory During a Life-Threatening Event

Studies have proven that performing simple tasks, such as entering your passcode into your phone, then dialing 911 can be nearly impossible for most people when their lives and those around them are in danger.

Now, imagine unlocking your phone, then scrolling to find the app that you never use, opening it, then scrolling through the long list of options, locating the type of emergency that pertains to your situation, then entering in the number of fields required to identify & validate your request for emergency response.

All of this is under the assumption that your mobile device is on your person at the start of the event.

Note: ASR Alert Systems DOES include an optional mobile phone application that will activate threat notifications, but no system should rely solely on a mobile phone app.

Vulnerabilities with Connectivity and False Alarms

Apps are fully dependent on WIFI or cellular for connectivity. Because of this, reliability can quickly become an issue. After you’ve sent your message to law enforcement, how are you sure that it was received and taken seriously? Does dispatch first try to contact the location and verify before sending police? Ultimately slowing down response time. ASR utilizes both, Cellular and Hard-Wired broadband connections to Communicate events.

When a facility has hundreds of employees &/or students with an arsenal of emergency buttons in their pocket (apps), accidental activation is inevitable. People & police can become “numb” to alerts from these sources after too often being used to either, falsely report incidents, or to report incidents that are less than life-threatening.

Laws are Quickly Changing with Life-Saving Alert Devices

Life-saving alert devices for situations where a facility is under attack are quickly becoming mandatory in many buildings. And while some areas are applauding apps as an effective solution, as these laws spread from state-to-state, the requirements are likely not going to be satisfied by an app-only solution.

It is reasonable to assume that laws will be similar to some bills that have already passed, that require a dedicated hardware solution like ASR. Ultimately, facilities that invest in low-budget, less-effective app-only solutions, will soon be forced to re-invest in the proper equipment that will satisfy these needs.

ASR offers the best critical incident response technology solution in the industry. Our reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to law enforcement by communicating directly with police dispatch are not matched.

The ASR Critical Incident Response Technology Solution is the Most Reliable Alert Notification System on the Market. There is No Superior Solution.  ASR strongly believes that having dedicated hardware that is readily available and easy to operate is KEY when it comes to life-saving tools.

By utilizing dedicated sirens & strobes (combined with optional alerts on mobile devices), the situation is clear to anyone. And the response time is going to be incomparably faster and more reliable.

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