CrisisAlert and Alyssa’s Law: Making Schools Safer Every Day

“We previously had a mobile application, and we were searching for something to replace it. It did not work because of the problems with cellular coverage. There were simply too many places on our campus that the service was not available. We picked CENTEGIX because there was nothing else out there that compared in terms of complete campus coverage and ease of use for our staff.”

– Frank Frangella, Director of Safety Martin County School District

What is Alyssa’s Law?

Named after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, Alyssa’s Law is legislation that requires public schools to be equipped with “silent panic alarms that are directly linked to law enforcement.”

The purpose of Alyssa’s Law is to decrease the amount of time it takes for first responders to arrive at an emergency situation—whether it’s a shooting, a natural disaster, or any other unforeseen event.

Passed in New Jersey in February 2019 and in Florida in July 2020, Alyssa’s Law has also been proposed in New York and Nebraska and introduced on a federal level. 

Alyssa’s Law Requirements

The Alyssa’s Law legislation in Florida reads that “each public school building must be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency… [it] must be directly linked to the local law enforcement agencies that are designated as first responders to the school’s campus and must immediately transmit a signal or message to those authorities upon activation.”

Here’s how CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert solution fulfills these requirements:

  • Mobile panic alert system
  • Connections to diverse emergency services technologies
  • Real-time coordination between multiple first responder agencies including county, local, and on-site responders
  • Integration with local public safety answering point to transmit 911 calls and mobile activations

In addition, we incorporated feedback from Marjory Stoneman Douglas public safety commission representatives into product-level design.

CrisisAlert also provides the additional functionality:

  • 100% coverage of all indoor spaces and outdoor areas
  • Room-level location accuracy including floors
  • Wearable panic button ensures 100% compliance
  • Audio and visual alerting (lighted strobes and desktop messages)
  • Integration with intercom and two-way radio

CrisisAlert and Alyssa’s Law News

While the Florida Department of Education ITN is still in process, we have heard from many districts who are planning ahead and educating themselves on the options to comply with the law.

Hillsborough County Public Schools launches new crisis alert security system

“We want all of our employees to be able to call for help no matter where they are on campus. When they activate the device, it automatically tells us [HCPSPD] and public safety where they are….that’s a game-changer.”

Chief John Newman
Director of Safety & Security
Hillsborough County Schools

CrisisAlert™ is the best option to fulfill Alyssa’s Law Requirements

“We partnered with CrisisAlert to give each and every one of our employees the ability to call for help anytime anywhere when they are on one of our campuses. For a 30-year law enforcement professional, we call that a force multiplier, with this technology in the hands of over 25,000 employees, that gives me 25,000 sets of eyes to help keep the campus safe.”

Chief John Newman
Director of Safety & Security
Hillsborough County Schools

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RESOURCES

Alyssa’s Law Requirement Overview
Don’t leave your district vulnerable with a mobile app-only solution. Mobile apps lack functionality critical to saving response time because in an emergency, EVERY SECOND MATTERS.
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Making Sure Alyssa’s Law Protects Our Children in Schools

When there is a threatening incident in a school, time saves lives. School districts should consider what ensures the greatest response and protection.

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Federal, State, and Private Funding Sources for CrisisAlert™

Download this guide to learn more about federal, state, and private funding sources that can be tapped to help purchase school safety technology.

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