As the 2015-2016 school year is just around the corner, our own Nick Mirisis recently shared school safety preparation tips in a Q&A with the National Business Officers Association
Net Assets magazine. From weather-related events to injuries to violence, there are a variety of incidents that independent school officials need to be prepared to handle.
Here is an excerpt from the July/August 2015
Net Assets Q&A.
Q. Data shows that violence and other threats are less common at independent schools. Realistically, how likely is an independent school to experience a crisis?
A. A crisis can happen anywhere any time. Based on the nature of threats that a school can potentially face and its existing channels of communications between parents, teachers and staff, administrators must reassess the efficiency of their current crisis response plans to make sure safety needs are met.
Q. Schools are increasing spend on crisis management solutions. What’s behind this?
A. Our research shows that school crises are, unfortunately, on the rise. In 2013, 88 percent of schools were required to communicate to parents about an emergency safety situation. While aware of the risks, business officials do not feel equipped to address crises. All that said, school administrators are seeking ways to increase their safety measures. Mobile devices – like CrisisManager – are playing a big role because of their increased accessibility during an emergency.
Q. What details should a school include in its crisis management plan, whether on paper or in a mobile app?
A. Crisis management plans should help school constituents prepare for emergencies, respond efficiently during those events and recover following any scenario. Emergency contact phone numbers, building diagrams, location of safety equipment and actionable steps for response should be easily accessible.
Q. Mobile apps like SchoolDude’s CrisisManager seem to rely on the expectation that key constituents are carrying a mobile device at all times. Is this right?
A. Yes, according to IDC Research, 79 percent of adult smartphone users have their phone on them 22 hours a day. As use continues to increase, we wanted to provide mobile-enabled emergency plans in a format that would provide key constituents with 24/7 access to the information they need when they need it most.
The full Q&A is available to NBOA members
here or please contact us for a copy.