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Photo by Dee Beaugez
 
   

 

Children are our future and their safety is our responsibility

Today we must admit that America’s schools are vulnerable to threats and terrorism. School violence can no longer be ignored. The Columbine High school massacre left 15 dead and 24 injured in 1999 and the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history took place at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 leaving 32 people dead and many more wounded. Think about it. It was the students, staff, teachers and administrators who were facing the gun fire from Seung-Hui Cho’s 9mm semiautomatic and a .22-caliber handgun.

Families trust that schools will keep their children safe and parents assume that those tasked with that responsibility have been trained in emergency preparedness and response. Those tasked with creating school emergency management programs and plans must face the fact that no school, no matter how large or small, is really safe today and every school is responsible for developing a realistic emergency plan and virtual tour of their facility. It is also critical that once these pre-incident planning tools are created that schools need to use them for emergency preparedness training, exercises and drills.

Visual Imagry, Inc. has developed affordable software and online services that provide tools for school emergency preparedness coordinators to prepare and respond to school emergency incidents.

VIPlanning® Online is
secure web site created and operated by Visual Imagry that provides an environment in which designated school administrators can create and control partitions (portals) containing critical information and data. Authorized users can easily view and modify documents, links, contacts, calendar events and press releases. Any item can also be marked as viewable and posted to a companion public web site. The secure web site also facilitates communications and information sharing via discussion forums.

"Children are our future and their safety is our responsibility, " said Beaugez. "It has been proven that technology can help schools better prepare and respond to any type of school incident."

"I am honored to say that Visual Imagry has been part of an all-hazards approach to emergency pre-incident planning for school safety since 1999."

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