SOURCE: Lauren Innovations

August 26, 2014 11:57 ET

Students Throughout the Nation Head Back to Safer Schools as Hundreds of Districts Implement Innovative School Safety Emergency Response System

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH--(Marketwired - August 26, 2014) - In preparation for the 2014-15 school year, more than 175 school districts throughout the U.S. recently implemented a cloud-based school safety emergency response system that directly connects first responders with a school's critical safety information.

The system -- known as NaviGate Prepared™ -- was developed by Ohio-based, Lauren Innovations. Highly secure, it stores important emergency preparedness plans and associated information, such as call lists, personnel photos, building maps, detailed floor plans, 360-degree photographs of key building areas, including life-safety and shut-off valve locations and more, in a cloud environment. It offers authorized users and first responders, including 911 dispatchers, immediate, real-time access to this information -- from any Web-authorized device.

No matter the severity of the situation, NaviGate Prepared ensures necessary safety information is accessible, even if a building is not. In addition to providing highly secure access, the system offers instantaneous integration of floor plans and reunification procedures and allows first responders to tap into a school's live security camera feeds.

"NaviGate Prepared brings great value at a minimal cost and school officials throughout the nation are quickly recognizing the benefits it delivers to the protection of our most valuable assets -- our kids," said Thom Jones, director of sales for NaviGate Prepared with 15 years experience as a school principal. "Gallup recently released a report stating that parents are becoming less likely to have greater fear about their child's safety at school, which is certainly a good thing. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in education on the topic and many parents are becoming more involved in the safety measures being taken at their kids' schools while, simultaneously, school officials are continually devising ways to improve school safety, which offers an added level of assurance for parents."

One parent who is diligently taking action to educate others on how school safety can be improved is Michele Gay, mother of 7-year-old Sandy Hook victim, Josephine, past teacher, and co-founder of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative. Gay travels the nation speaking to groups and organizations and offering resources and recommendations on processes, protocols, technologies and more that can make all the difference when faced with a crisis situation.

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Gay and her family moved to Sudbury, Mass. Before the close of the 2013-14 school year, Gay worked in partnership with Sudbury's police department and school officials in exploring practical ways to improve school safety and one solution was NaviGate Prepared. The system was implemented in four town buildings, five municipal buildings, Sudbury Public Schools and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School District.

"Seconds can save lives," says Gay. "Empowering our responders to intervene quickly and with as much information as possible can make all the difference for our children and educators in a school-based emergency."

Sudbury's school districts are only two of the hundreds that have recently implemented the school safety emergency response system. Other recent implementations, include:

  • Ten of Michigan's Berrien County public school districts.

In just one year, the system has appeared in mass quantities throughout Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and New Mexico.

In addition to crisis preparedness and response, NaviGate Prepared also aids in the submission of state-required annual safety planning documentation. NaviGate Prepared is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

About Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative
Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2013 by Sandy Hook parents devoted to educating and empowering school communities to improve school safety. The organization's mission is built on three foundational components: to empower communities to improve school safety and security through discussion, collaboration, planning and sharing of information, tools and resources; to unite the national school community through a purely nonpartisan, grassroots approach to problem solving; and, to provide school communities a platform for building local and national partnerships between parents, educators, students, safety and security experts, first responders and community members in order to maintain safe and secure schools. Safe and Sound accepts tax-deductible donations online to support research, the development of the organization's website as well as free educational materials and travel expenses for representatives to visit with and speak to school communities across the country. For more information, e-mail info@safeandsoundschools.org or visit www.safeandsoundschools.org

About NaviGate Prepared™
NaviGate Prepared™ is a proven school safety emergency response system designed to assist and prepare school officials and first responders for crisis situations. The secure, cloud-based platform offers 911 dispatch centers and emergency personnel real-time Internet access of a school's facility and safety information before, during and after a crisis. Developed by Ohio-based Lauren Innovations, NaviGate Prepared is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit www.NaviGatePrepared.com.

About Lauren Innovations
Lauren Innovations is dedicated to the development and enhancement of technologies and services that contribute to a safer and more secure society. Headquartered in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Lauren Innovations is a subsidiary of Lauren International and is backed by 50 years of experience and expertise. The company's flagship, cloud-based product family, NaviGate, is designed to increase operational and data efficiency -- helping organizations plan for the unexpected, meet compliance regulations, make better decisions and access critical information more efficiently. For more information, visit www.LaurenInnovations.com or call 866-861-7400.

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