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Other emergency responders such as fire, police and REMSA would be able to call up a virtual tour of the building on a laptop computer and know the complete layout of the site. When responding to an emergency, they would know exactly where everything in the building was located; including all emergency shutoffs, gas and water lines and electrical panels. A few clicks of a mouse would take them anywhere in the facility or on the site.

School Police Chief Mike Mieras said that “When emergency responders arrive at a school, they are often unfamiliar with the layout of the building. Having this information at their fingertips will save precious time and allow them to do their job better and faster. Without doubt, this new technology could end up saving lives and protecting property."

Other emergency responders such as fire, police and REMSA would be able to call up a virtual tour of the building on a laptop computer and know the complete layout of the site. When responding to an emergency, they would know exactly where everything in the building was located; including all emergency shutoffs, gas and water lines and electrical panels. A few clicks of a mouse would take them anywhere in the facility or on the site.

“The School Readiness & Emergency Management grant provided for many other preparedness projects, for example, the funding allowed the district to hire Chris Smith, a vice-principal at Sparks High School, to serve as the grant coordinator, “said Chief Mieras. “Smith's job was to coordinate the activities of the contractor and to involve the other local law enforcement agencies including both the Sparks and Reno police and fire departments and the Washoe County Sheriff's Department.”

 



Mieras went on to explain that since Smith was hired in January of 2006, the WCSD Police Department and Office of Emergency Preparedness have started working with other agencies to help in the development of "an integrated, community-wide approach to emergency planning."

Other important components of the grant that was completed by Visual Imagry and their associate and plan developer Renee Domingo, was a safety survey and audit of each school's emergency plan. Ms. Domingo worked with Visual Imagry in standardizing the emergency plans and developed emergency preparedness trainings.

Visual Imagry, Inc. also developed a secure web site for the District designed to become an interactive tool for building an extensive network for disaster planning, preparing, training, communicating or responding to any school threat or emergency. This secure web site operates separately and independently of any WCSD web site and does not require District IT support.

“The grant program was designed to provide funds to strengthen and improve the WCSD emergency response and crisis plans, at the district and school-building level," said Smith. “The grant has provided the necessary funding to help with our crisis planning efforts for prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.”

Visual Imagry completed their portions of the project in May and delivered and installed the HTML preplans on June 1, 2007. The HTML preplans were developed using VIPlanning® Software.
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