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  Q&A | Washoe County School District's Emergency Preparedness Project (NV)
 
   
   
 
 
   
   
   

 

What does School District Need Campus Safety Audits and HTML School-Site Assessment of each campus and building facilitites?

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Why would the Washoe County School District need HTML site assessement of each campus to be created as part of their U.S. Department of Education School Readiness & Emergency Management 2005-07 Grant?
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"HTML site assessments are like a virtual tour of each school site," said Police Chief Mike Mieras of the Washoe County School District."The HTML output from each school site assessment is a web site that contains maps and floor plans of each school; utility connection locations; photographs and 360 movie images of classrooms, lounges, common areas; and site plans with evacuation routes, staging areas, etc."
   
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Can the Washoe County School District HTML preplans be used for emergency planning efforts, as well for responding to an incident?
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"Yes! For example, when Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was scheduled to speak at Hug High School on April 29, 2007, authorized members of the Secret Service Advance Team were provided limited access to Hug High School's HTML preplan," said WCSD Police Officer Tracy Moore. "They were provided with instant access to such critical data as floor plans, site plans, aerial views and 360 images of the gym. This detailed information was invaluable with their logistics planning for the public town hall meeting in Reno."
   
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How many HTML preplans were created?
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Visual Imagry created 94 HTML school site preplans, HTML preplans for the WCSD bus yards and select administration buildings, 5 sample quick response plans and 5 emergency plans. The HTML preplans were developed by Visual Imagry.
   
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What type of data was collected and how were they developed?
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During a three month period, Visual Imagry collected 45,000 digital photos and 7,500 digital 360 movies that were used in developing the HTML preplans for the schools within the District. The digital images were collected from June 2006 to the end of August 2006.  

Visual Imagry's team created 105 HTML plans starting in June of 2006, until the project was ready to deliver in May of 2007.
   
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Who wrote the Emergency Response Plan for the District?
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The Washoe County School District Emergency Response Plan was written by Visual Imagry's training team, as part of the CIRP contract with Visual Imagry. The goal for writing the ERP was to provide a foundation for WCSD to begin incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) for training and responding to school site incidents.
   
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Will the Emergency Response Plan also be available in HTML?
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"Yes," said Dee Beaugez, president of Visual Imagry. "After the Washoe County School District Emergency Response Plan was written and approved by WCSD, our team then inputted the ERP using VIPlanning® Software."

"Because of VIPlanning® Software's unique linking feature, the HTML version of the Washoe County School District Emergency Response Plan was easily included in each school's HTML preplan. This linking feature provides an easy way for administrator, principals and members of School Incident Response Teams (SIRT) to have on-demand access to the HTML Emergency Response Plan . Therefore, it can easily be used for training exercises, as well as preparedness and response projects."

   
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Who co-coordinated the Critical Incident Response Project (CRIP) for the Washoe County School District?
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Chris Smith, WCSD Director of Emergency Preparedness for the WCSD and Dee Beaugez, President of Visual Imagry, Inc., co-coordinated the project.
   
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Who were the other members of the WCSD Critical Incident Response Project (CIRP) team?
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Other members of the Washoe County School District Critical Incident Response Team assigned to the 2006-07 project included: Ken Grein, Superintendent of Operations, Chief Mike Mieras, the Washoe County School District Police Department and Tracy Moore, WCSD Police Officer. The CIRP project evaluator was Chuck O'Conner of North Vector, Inc., Sparks, Nevada.    
   
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How did WCSD review all the HTML preplans and other HTML Plans?
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"Visual Imagry created a secure web site that was used for project review and updates. This is part of the company's online division - VIPlanning® Online. During the year, 128 Forums and 285 topics were created and used for updates and tracking the progress of the project. The site was also used for HTML preplan review by members of the WCSD CIRP Team." 
   
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What software was used to create the HTML preplans for the WCSD?
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VIPlanning® Software was used to create the HTML preplans. The WCSD purchased 115 facility licenses and the Enterprise licenses used to share and link data between facilitites (school) web sites.
   
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Who will own and maintain the data once the project is completed?
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All the data (photographs, movies, questionnaires, HTML preplans, emergency plans, etc.) is controlled and can be updated by WCSD through the WCSD School Police Department and their Emergency Preparedness division.

Lt. Dale Richardson, WCSD Police Deparment, will coordinate all updates and the development of new HTML preplans for the WCSD after the June 1, 2007 installation.
   
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Who Developed (invented) the software?
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VIPlanning® Software and the WCSD VIPlanning® Online secure web site were developed by Visual Imagry. Donald Beaugez, CEO is the system architect.. 
   
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