Florida Districts Select Solution for Mandatory Panic Alert System

Seven Florida counties have selected school safety software company Raptor Technologies as their mobile panic alert system provider in compliance with the requirements of Alyssa’s Law. Schools in the Bradford, Charlotte, Gadsden, Holmes, Nassau, Polk, and Sarasota County school districts—representing nearly 200,000 students and 450 schools—will use Raptor’s solution to connect school staff and first responders. Alyssa’s Law was signed in June 2020 and requires public schools in the State of Florida to have a mobile panic alarm system.

The Florida Department of Education selected Raptor Alert, Raptor Technologies’ mobile panic alert system, as an approved solution to meet the requirement. Raptor Alert’s functionalities allow school staff to use mobile and desktop devices to send emergency alerts and directly notify first responders about an emergency’s exact location and type.

“We are honored to expand our school safety mission with seven important Florida districts, and we look forward to helping additional districts comply with Florida’s 2021 Alyssa’s Law mandate,” said Gray Hall, CEO of Raptor Technologies. “As the only approved provider in Florida focused solely on K–12 safety products, we consider Raptor Alert a crucial element of our School Safety Suite, enabling a rapid and informed response when the unthinkable happens.”

Raptor Alert’s navigation interface was designed to be used easily and quickly during a crisis situation, according to a press release. Teachers and staff can initiate a school-wide or district-wide response to an emergency using any Internet-connected mobile or desktop device. The alerts are sent to custom lists of recipients that can include staff, administrators, and first responders. Additionally, Raptor Alert is compatible with all standard Public Safety Answering Point and emergency calling infrastructure.

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Matt Jones is senior editor of Spaces4Learning and Campus Security and Life Safety. He can be reached at MJones@1105media.com


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