The very first Panic systems were installed in bombers during the Second World War (WW2). This enabled the pilot to alert crew members that the plane was hit by enemy fire. Over the last few decades, these devices have evolved into a staple for the safety and security world. Now, you can find a panic system virtually everywhere; in cars, phones, office building, and the list goes on. This revolutionized technology made it all possible.
In fact, panic systems have become so popular because they have been proven to save lives in a Crisis Situation. These devices are backed by technology that is constantly changing. Imagine having the ability to alert staff and multiple responders with just a click of a mouse or push of a button. With the advancements in this innovative technology, this is now possible. Traditional panic buttons systems are currently considered a thing of the past.
Furthermore, by reducing the notification time to responders and staff on the scene, the assailant has a smaller window of opportunity to inflict injury on innocent victims. There are several advantages to having a technology driven panic system and an active shooter/incident response plan in place.
1) The panic system, with E911 integration, speeds up the time to dispatch by connecting the call directly to the local public safety answering point (PSAP). While providing much-needed information about the Situation.
2) It also ensures that staff is immediately alerted of the emergency situation using several notification channels. Thus, enabling them to react quickly and appropriately.
3) An exercised active shooter/incident response plan ensures consistency across all levels for those who are involved. The worst time to have to remember and execute a seldom used response plan is during the chaos of a life-threatening event.
In conclusion, though technology is never the complete answer to a safety and security solution. When properly combined into response processes, panic button systems have proven to help save time and lives and should be considered as part of crisis response planning. These solutions have the ability to create a communication bridge and provide critical situational awareness about the facility to first responders. Don’t leave this to chance. Be proactive, arm your staff with the knowledge and tools needed to handle a crisis situation effectively.
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