Palm Harbor, FL, June 18, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- SafePlans, the nation’s leading emergency preparedness firm for schools, had its all-hazards Emergency Response Information Portal (ERIP) solution highlighted by the U.S. Department of Justice program's Technology Information Center.
The Missouri Office of Homeland Security and the Missouri Center for Education Safety (MOCES) use SafePlans’ ERIP system, which has been branded for the State of Missouri as “Missouri 1Plan,” to provide emergency planning and related preparedness services and emergency plan mobile app free to all Missouri K-12 schools.
John Warner, emergency planning coordinator at MOCES, says when he participated in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Comprehensive School Safety Initiative in February 2016, he realized that a number of other states wanted a similar system, and Missouri is willing to share its experience establishing the system with other states interested in developing their own tools.
“Every K-12 school in Missouri has access to the secure portal,” says Warner, a school resource officer for more than 20 years with the Columbia Police Department. “It allows districts that have struggled with how to write an EOP to not only produce one, but to also keep it updated. If your plan is on paper, when you make a change, you have to send a copy of the change around to everyone. With the portal, it automatically sends out an announcement that a change has been made, and administrators get notices that let them know who has read it.”
Many districts are saying how Missouri 1Plan improves the emergency planning process. “I know some of them had not touched their paper EOPs for five or six years, and this is pretty much like getting off a horse and getting on a rocket ship,” Warner stressed. In addition to emergency plans, the ERIP system includes custom eLearning courses to help schools respond to incidents like bomb threats or active shooters and it allows schools to securely share tactical site mapping information like floor plans with local public safety.
“You can give law enforcement, fire, EMS and 911 access to look at the plan and how it relates to their own plans, allowing for community involvement. And Missouri 1Plan lets schools put in their emergency contacts, which teachers and administrators can then pull up using the mobile app,” Warner adds.
ERIP was developed by Brad Spicer, who is the founder of SafePlans and a former Missouri Highway Patrol SWAT member and bodyguard for several governors. “The State of Missouri and MOCES are doing everything they can to help schools prepare for emergencies. I am very proud that SafePlans technology is helping them make Missouri schools even safer,” said Spicer.
The State of Delaware and school districts large and small across the nation also use ERIP and the ERIP emergency plan mobile app.
Contact: Christina Madison, SafePlans, LLC – Christina@safeplans.com - 573.636.5377 ext. 205 - www.safelpans.com