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SCSU Police Officer Heads Up Cost Free Active Shooter Program for U.S. Public Schools

Service empowers school administrators to mitigate possible injuries or death to students and staff. Schools can more effectively request emergency assistance from police and assist in providing information about the active shooter in real time.

Orangeburg, SC, January 19, 2013 --( The National Council For Better Schools announced today the introduction of its new National Emergency Alert Network service as a component of their cost free EDTECH service to US public schools. The NEAN service, which was developed by the EdStar Wireless Corporation in June of 2012, is headed up by Lt. Rodney Bond, a lead investigator at South Carolina State University Police Department, Orangeburg, SC. Lt. Bond, who is a volunteer for NCFBS, is a nationally certified Active Shooter Trainer.

The service is a technologically advanced multi-platformed compilation that significantly exceeds the performance of any other Active Shooter mitigation service. The five key components of NEAN are:

The Immediate Emergency Request Device (IERD) which contacts law enforcement from a device carried by designated school officials.

The EdStar Wireless Corporation two way short messaging service that allows centralized text messaging for staff members or students to communicate with law enforcement during an on campus incident.

Emergency Parent Contact Messaging that keeps parents informed of emergency situations in real time.

Active Shooter Preparedness Instruction that assists schools developing effective Active Shooter mitigation strategies.

Voluntary Compliance Tools that ensure that schools in the NEAN system maintain brief monthly awareness status reports of their school's emergency preparedness.

NEAN incorporates a distinct form of communication that is highly valued by a subset of society so therefore there are clear and urgent imperatives to utilize SMS as a communication tool.

SMS meets client expectations and needs. The current review shows that this is not only theoretically possible but actually a developing professional reality. There is a growing literature base demonstrating the advantages and effectiveness of this method to communicate with law enforcement.

The fact that many young people have more than one cell phone and frequently more than one SIM card (i.e. multiple accounts and numbers) gives rise to the conclusion that cell phones are a technology that is highly accessible for young people. Furthermore, texting is already a common practice of most young adults and its silent use in a public environment is can be extremely beneficial for law enforcement.

Benefits To Schools And Districts

While the EDTECH service offers schools and districts numerous services to improve public education, the primary benefits of NEAN provides a more effective service to schools that increases safety.

Incidents of attack by active shooters have risen to troublesome levels in the last few years. In light of the Sandy Hook Tragedy, NCFBS has decided to provide more focus on the already developed NEAN service.

With multiple education technologies and services including T.I.C.E.P. (Teachers Initiative to Communicate Effectively with Parents), A.T.L.A.S. (Advancements Towards Learning Aiming for Success), Bully Interventions and the ForStudents Interactive Career Development System, NCFBS will become a global leader in providing advanced assistive technologies to public and private education.

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