During an emergency situation, there is nothing more important than response time. A single minute can be the difference between help arriving on time versus too late. In fact, the average school shooting lasts 12.5 minutes, while the average police response time is 18 minutes. There is no time to waste when something goes awry, especially in a school.
Anyone who has worked in the education field can tell you that there is no such thing as a typical school day–whether it’s a burst pipe, student fight, an intruder, or an allergic reaction, no two days are ever the same and they rarely go according to plan. In these situations, teachers and staff should have a way to summon help quickly and easily, and a great tool for this is a panic button.
Why panic buttons?
Panic buttons give teachers and other staff the ability to trigger a safety response plan with the simple press of a button, relieving a lot of stress and potential for mistakes during an emergency situation. For instance, if a teacher sees a suspicious person in their school, they shouldn’t have to spend time trying to figure out what they should do. Instead, there should be set protocol for them to use their panic button to alert people of the situation immediately. This ensures that every second is being optimally utilized and that emergency help is alerted in real-time.
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