NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois School Security and Standards Task Force, established by law last year, completed its work and issued its final report and recommendations based on best practices in the field of school safety. Illinois schools are encouraged to adopt these safety best practices to help keep students and staff safe and well-prepared for emergency situations. To facilitate these efforts, NaviGate Prepared is providing its Safety Plan Wizard free of charge to all Illinois K-12 schools.
Designed to assist school administrators with safety plan development and enhancement, the Safety Plan Wizard incorporates Illinois state safety recommendations, including adopting the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operation Plans created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Wizard is powered by the NaviGate Prepared emergency preparedness safety system, which is currently used by hundreds of school districts throughout the nation to help improve school safety.
Illinois schools can request their free Safety Plan Wizard by visiting: www.navigateprepared.com/freesafety-IL
"School safety is critical and needs focus. Administrators shouldn't have to spend their time deciphering compliance jargon or reinventing the wheel," states Jim Hummel, president, NaviGate Prepared. "Our Safety Plan Wizard takes the information administrators already know and guides them through the development of a sound plan based on school safety best practices. With all the work the School Security and Standards Task Force put forth, we want to make it as easy as possible for schools to implement these recommendations."
NaviGate Prepared is strong supporter of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA). "All three organizations appreciate the extent to which NaviGate Prepared is helping schools accomplish their objectives when it comes to safety and emergency preparedness," states Dr. Brent Clark, executive director, IASA. "From offering the Safety Plan Wizard to all Illinois schools free of charge to the training and support they provide our Superintendents, NaviGate Prepared goes above and beyond every time."
The complete NaviGate Prepared system stores important school safety plans and associated information, such as call lists, personnel photos, building maps, detailed floor plans, 360-degree photographs of key building areas, including life-safety and shut-off valve locations and more, in a secure cloud environment. It offers authorized users and first responders, including 911 dispatchers, immediate, real-time access to this information – from any Web-authorized device. No matter the severity of the situation, NaviGate Prepared ensures necessary safety information is accessible, even if a building is not.
The IASB will be highlighting school safety at this year's Joint Annual Conference in Chicago, sponsoring a School Safety and Security Seminar and offering a strand of school safety panels throughout the conference. The half-day seminar will include expert presenters, many of who served on the School Security and Standards Task Force. The topics will include school safety plans, the School Safety Drill Act, building security, and improving school culture and climate to lessen threats and hazards.
About NaviGate Prepared®
NaviGate Prepared® is a proven school safety emergency response system designed to assist and prepare school officials and first responders for emergency situations. The secure, cloud-based platform offers 911 dispatch centers and emergency personnel real-time Internet access of a school's facility and safety information before, during and after a crisis. NaviGate Prepared is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and has been awarded the Campus Safety BEST Award in 2015 and 2016. For more information, visit www.NaviGatePrepared.com or call 866-861-7400.
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