Safety in schools has become an exceedingly prominent and sensitive topic. Active shooters and other violent threats are an unfortunate reality in schools. How can your school stand out as one with both recognition of the issue and a plan for action based on the concerns from parents? BluePoint Alert Solutions is here to provide an immediate response.
No matter what your response protocol is currently—lockdown, run-hide-fight, ALICE—the real barrier to faster response is the human-centric tasks needing to be completed. These tasks take too much time, especially when people are in a state of panic.
Schools face the unique challenge of being open and welcome spaces that are conducive to learning without turning it into a fortress. So, how do you protect students, the most valuable asset? Students and staff are accustomed to the fire alarm, its function, and its purpose. The BluePoint Police pull stations are familiar and intuitive to use. Placing BluePoint Police pull stations throughout a facility will enable your students and staff to quickly and efficiently notify first responders and building occupants of an emergency.
True Life Safety
BluePoint’s solution is unique in the industry because we have taken a true life safety approach. We have implemented the technical requirements that make the fire alarm the most reliable system installed in buildings – it has to be functional when you need it. Additionally, our communications platform complies with FEMA’s recommendation of best practices for Incident Command Structure and Multi-Hazard Communications.
Simple, Intuitive Activation
The BluePoint solution has been built for use in crisis situations. With adrenaline flowing and panic setting in, the user interface has to be familiar, simple, and intuitive so that people will actually use it. No one has to be trained on how to activate BluePoint — only when to use it and what to do after activation. The solution is enhanced with wearable mobile pendants in addition to standard pull stations. This provides an even greater ability for people moving about the building to immediately and securely activate the system if they see a problem.
As a true life safety solution, BluePoint notifies all occupants of a building—employees and visitors alike—to take precautions through strobe lights and audio messaging that reduces panic and confusion. The messaging can include a reminder of the response protocol (lockdown, run-hide-fight, etc.) as well as assurance that police are on their way. Strobe lights reinforce the messaging, especially in high ambient noise areas and outside buildings, warning people not to enter.
“The BluePoint system allows us to have immediate access to emergency officials so they can respond faster and with the information they need for more informed decision-making.”
Superintendent of Lombard School District 44, Illinois.