AIC – Statement in Response to CT School Shooting
We are deeply saddened by the recent horrific killings of our most innocent and precious children and their heroic protectors. Our hearts go out to the many families impacted by this tragedy and we pray that our society will come to an understanding that these reoccurring incidents are perpetrated by a handful of deeply-troubled individuals that are far removed from faith in God and who have taken paths that we as a society have trouble understanding because of our higher moral values.
As many of you know, AIC has committed much energy and resources in the development of technologies and practices designed to enhance emergency management and mass notification on school campuses; and we will continue to do our part as a true private-sector partner to work with school administrators and first responders to prepare the best defenses to such brutal attacks. Our many hours of volunteer time in this specialty area will be expanded by our deeper commitment to work with responders in test environments and by assisting in the development of training exercises that work in concert with school, police and fire partners. These efforts include but are not limited to controlled access, screening, video, alarms and smart technology enabling 1st Responders to go “Direct to Threat” thereby minimizing potential casualties.
Our on-going deployment of mass notification techniques such as simultaneous pc-alerts, text messages and emails to all teachers and school resource officers of an impending problem on campus is a tremendous tool for these defenses; yet we must push administrators to utilize these technologies on a more regular basis for other non-emergency operations. We all know that practice makes perfect and daily use of emergency systems for daily tasks along with revised security drills will enhance defenses instinctively and better protect our children and teachers.
Campus crisis plans need to be modernized and expanded from fire-related to include drills relative to violent attacks. Safe room and evacuation practices and policies need to be incorporated with ever electronic notification methods to more quickly react to emergencies.
Again, our hearts are saddened, we are praying for the victims, survivors, and their families, as we further commit and continue to do our part to “make a difference”.