SCHOOL SHOOTING? STUDENTS, STAFF OR FACULTY DOWN? GET RELM RADIOS.
You don’t have to be a sitting duck when your school turns into a shooting gallery. Experts agree, with computer based weapon and shooter training video games, it´s not a matter of if another school massacre will occur, it´s just a matter of when. In a front page article in the Detroit Free Press on June 4, 1999 Edward Keyton, a director of the National Sheriffs’ Association in Virginia commented about some students summer plans by stating, “This is when they’ll buy their weapons, build their bombs, nurse their grudges. Schools have to be ready for that...” Reid Kimbrough, a school violence consultant for the National Sheriffs’ Association said, “Teenagers want to one-up each other. It’s: ‘you killed 15, I’m going to kill 50.’” With popular tactical first-person weapon and shooter training video games like Counterstrike, a young attacker (usually male, 14-25 years old) may have already had years of daily computer simulation tactical training to help them achieve a maximum body count. Players learn to win by killing the opposing team. With computer simulation tactical training, it's likely attackers have had significantly more weapons training than their local first responder and law enforcement agencies. Many college and upper level students exhibit an increased level of stress and anxiety just before their final exams resulting in an increase in the risk of violence, suicides and homicides. The objective of many attackers is to leave survivors only with a cataclysmic bloodbath as demonstrated in the September, 2004 Belsian school siege that left 331 people dead, including 186 children and more than 700 people injured. Your hometown school, college or university could be next on the hit parade when disgruntled employees or students, trained to kill, with semi-automatic assault weapons or improvised explosives want to “rock and roll”.
To help eliminate the threat, good, interoperatable communication is vital to your survival while waiting, sometimes hours, for a police SWAT response. For almost four decades, police, fire departments and other government agencies depend on Communications Electronics, Emergency Operations Center as a response resource for their two way emergency radios and population warning systems. Now, you can purchase this equipment directly from CEI at a cost far less than defending one school associated violent death lawsuit. RELM two-way radios from CEI can easily be integrated into your school violence protocol lock down procedures, so your staff can instantly know when to lock and barricade classroom doors. Our two-way radio systems help you be more prepared for shootings, stabbings, slashings, beatings or kickings due to interpersonal disputes, bully-related hate crimes or gang activities. Is your hometown school, college or university campus next? Without CEI school safety products, your school might not be prepared to pass the ultimate final examination.
During a disaster, CEI two-way radios allow your staff to provide immediate contingency coordination information to your staff and responding emergency personnel. Imagine how handy it would be if you had CEI radios when berserk students or terrorists burst into your school with guns a-blazing, trying to set a new body count record. To help save lives during and after a terrorist attack, seconds count. As previously advertised in academic related publications such as "The School Administrator" published by the American Association of School Administrators, and "The Resourcer" published by the National Association of School Resource Officers, and emergency first responder publications such as The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International a publication for the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals and "Firehouse", CEI two-way radio systems can broadcast your emergency message simultaneously to your school response staff such as your principal, school resource officer, superintendent, school board member, school psychologist, SWAT, police, fire departments and other vital first responder services. The small handheld size of CEI radios make it convenient to carry anywhere. For schools who intentionally disable 9-1-1 telephone calls on their phone systems, your two-way radio may be your only link to emergency assistance. CEI radios are a smart investment because they can be used for crowd control in areas without phones such as a school hallway, cafeteria, office, classroom, athletic field, bathroom, playground, locker room, gym, bus stop or in a school parking lot. Even if your campus has over 500 buildings, you can simultaneously warn your entire facility to "lock down" with one quick radio transmission. Our transceivers can also be encoded to activate outdoor warning sirens for area population warning messages.
CEI radios are especially useful for hostage safety during the terrorist attack phase before SWAT arrives or after an explosion. CEI radios help make you safer because they work in areas where cellular or PCS phones can’t communicate. You also save hundreds or thousands of dollars on expensive recurring monthly service fees. No long distance charges either.
For smaller school systems with less than 500 students, we recommend ordering CEI school safety pack #1. Up to 10 key people can have direct two-way contact on up to 99 different frequencies with police, fire and Emergency Medical resources. If your school is on a budget, CEI school safety pack #1 gives you 10 programmable RELM RHV599A PLUS series VHF radios for $3,264.40. You can preprogram direct emergency communications with many emergency response agencies. Also included in CEI school safety pack #1 is one Uniden handheld digital radio scanner, the BCD396T and one BCD996T base/mobile digital radio scanner for your command post.
For schools with 500 or more students, we recommend CEI school safety pack #2 with 25 RELM RHV599A PLUS transceivers, one mobile antenna, one handheld BCD396T and one BCD996T base/mobile digital radio scanner for your command post. Price is $7,599.95.
For schools with 1,500 or more students or schools with higher threat levels such as any college or university, order CEI school safety pack #3 with 50 RELM RHV599A PLUS, two mobile antennas, Also included in CEI school safety pack #3 is one Uniden handheld digital radio scanner, the BCD396T and one BCD996T base/mobile digital radio scanner for your command post. Price is $14,199.95.
Our two-way emergency radios can also be ordered separately for $299.95 plus $30.00 shipping/handling per radio.
Bomb threats a problem?
For telephone bomb threats or threats of terrorist attacks against your facility, CEI has a complete selection of digital voice loggers made by Eventide. Just like a modern 9-1-1 call center, your school system can get this same affordable protection. To help law enforcement solve the specter of school terrorist attacks, our voice loggers preserve critical audio evidence as it automatically records and archives all telephone or radio calls made to or from your school. Your digital voice logger can record 500 channel hours on one low cost digital tape cassette.
Need video surveillance?
CEI distributes an extensive array of video surveillance products made by Philips, America´s leader in access control and video surveillance systems. Philips video surveillance equipment helps protect the traveling public at major airports throughout the world. your school system can now get the same video protection from CEI.
The recent school shootings have drawn heightened public attention to school crime and safety. Assessing the safety of our schools, on both national and local levels, is a complex undertaking. For safer schools, safer students and for additional information on CEI school and institution antiterrorism products, detailed information is available at http://www.usascan.com or call Firefighter/EMT Ken Ascher at +1-734-996-8888. At CEI, we´re working to help protect schools and their students.
ANTITERRORISM CHECK LIST
We recommend that you review our check list to see if you need to revise your school antiterrorism response procedures:
1. Review your vulnerability assessment for your entire campus. Organizations should conduct within the last 12 months a mass fatality exercise and threat assessment to help identify and reduce vulnerabilities. Is there a plan of action and have milestones been established for addressing vulnerable areas? Does your organization have a crisis management team? Has it met within the last 90 days? Does your organization receive threat updates and do you share threat assessment information with other organizations including law enforcement agencies? Is there a mutual understanding between all local agencies that might be involved in responding to a terrorist incident at your facility regarding authority, jurisdiction and possible interaction?
2. Have all key decision makers review antiterrorism training, available on-line. For details, click here. Antiterrorism preparedness classes are available free from St. Petersburg College, National Terrorism Preparedness Institute. For details, click here.
3. All staff responding to an emergency should be trained to be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. Many agencies, organizations, municipalities, corporations & businesses are unprepared to address strategic implementation, coordination and training issues affecting the federal directive through Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5). The NIMS Series provides exceptional resources for addressing the change management process and facilitating the defined needs in training and skills development. For NIMS training details, click here.
4. We recommend that an emergency alerting system be set up before an incident happens in your area of jurisdiction such as a telephone fan out tree or reverse 9-1-1 system. For additional information, click here or here.
5. The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) is a White House-directed emergency phone service provided by the National Communications System (NCS) in the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Division of the Department of Homeland Security. GETS supports federal, state, local, and tribal government, industry, and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel in performing their National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) missions. GETS provides emergency access and priority processing in the local and long distance segments of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). It is intended to be used in an emergency or crisis situation when the PSTN is congested and the probability of completing a call over normal or other alternate telecommunication means has significantly decreased. Communications Electronics recommends for agencies providing National Security/Emergency Preparedness services such as a hospital, fire or police department that their key staff is provisioned with Government Emergency Telecommunications Service access.
During emergencies, cellular networks can experience congestion due
to increased call volumes and/or damage to network facilities, severely
curtailing the ability of National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP)
personnel to make emergency calls. With an increasing number of NS/EP
personnel relying on cell phones while performing their emergency duties,
Wireless Priority Service was developed to provide priority for emergency
calls made from cellular telephones.
7. We recommend first responder units have adequate first aid supplies and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) available on all response units. For state laws on heart attacks, cardiac arrest and defibrillators, click here.
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