County School District Selects
Visual Imagry for District Emergency Preparedness Project
Nevada - Charlie
Smith, Director of Facility Operations,
announced that Visual Imagry, Inc.
has been selected as the contractor
for the Humboldt County School District's
upcoming emergency preparedness project
designed to enhance and improve a
safe learning environment for students
by providing emergency planning.
Imagry was awarded the contract and it
was accepted during the HCSD School Board
meeting. The contract will be funded
from a $132,507 School Readiness & Emergency
Management grant awarded to the HCSD
by the U.S. Department of Education on
August 23, 2005.
Visual Imagry will be required to inventory all HCSD schools and take digital
photographs, 360 digital movies and collect other critical school site specific
data and integrate them into an interactive electronic database.
"Once the project has been completed, our goal is to provide emergency first
responders, such as our local area volunteer fire department and police departments,
with a virtual tour of our schools and administrative buildings," said Smith. "When
responding to an emergency, they could easily access the data from their laptop
computers and quickly know exactly where everything in building was located.
Think of it, with just a few clicks of a mouse they could view anywhere in the
school facility, as well as having access to aerials and floor and site plans."
Visual Imagry, Inc. will also develop a secure web site for the District designed
to become an interactive tool for build an extensive network for disaster planning,
preparing, training, communicating or responding to any school threat or emergency.
This secure web site will operate separately and independently of any HCSD web
site and does not require District IT support.
hope that the secure web site, developed
through VIPlanning® Online
Services, will be used to removed
the barriers of time and distance
between administrators, principals,
emergency management staff, first
responders and other HCSD authorized
users," said Dolores Beaugez,
Chief Operating Officer of Visual
Imagry, Inc. "We have learned
from users of our online systems,
that our secure site can be used
to strengthen communications and
information technology systems critical
to effectively prepare or respond
to any type of emergency or disaster
that could impact the Humboldt County
School District or the community."
This secure application is key for sharing sensitive data and collaboration
between school officials, school police, emergency preparedness staff and authorized
first responders. Information can be shared among authorized secure users and,
when appropriate, with the authorized first responders.
school will have its own controlled-access
secure School Site Forum and they
can also participate in the All-Schools
Forum and the District Forum. These
Forums allow authorized users to
initiate and participate in discussions,
start new topic areas and publish
working documents and links for peer
review and comment.
are our future and their safety is
our responsibility, " said Ms.
Beaugez."It has been proven
that technology can help schools
better prepare and respond to any
type of school incident. VIPlanning® Software
is being used to change the way school
districts approach to disaster preparedness
and readiness. Authorized users are
able to access their school's HTML
preplans and data to help them
mitigate disaster incidents for all
during all seasons."
Visual Imagry will also be providing preparedness trainings so that the district
principals and administrators can begin learning the Incident Command System
(ICS) for schools. The grant also requires that all information be compatible
with the National Incident Management System.
contract and all phases of the work will need to be completed over the next 18
months. At the conclusion of all work, an outside third part evaluator will audit
the project to ensure that all terms of the grant award have been fulfilled.
Beaugez, president of Visual Imagry, Inc. was selected to co-coordinate the project.
Visual Imagry's evaluation team will be reviewing the HCSD emergency
management plan and providing ICS/NIMS training for the principals and District
emergency preparedness staff. The HTML preplans will be developed using VIPlanning® Software.
Imagry, Inc. was also selected as the contractor for the
Washoe County School District's upcoming preparedness project
designed to improve their schools security and the district's
ability to respond to emergencies. The funding for the WCSD
project was also awarded by the U.S. Department of Education
Education's as part of the School Readiness & Emergency
Management grant funding for 2005.