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Administrators at Stonington (Conn.) Public Schools recently began using CrisisManager to access emergency response plans and procedures on their mobile devices. We spoke with Ken Donovan, director of facilities and security for Stonington Public Schools, about the implementation process.
What has been your approach to implementing CrisisManager?
We decided to roll out CrisisManager in phases. First, we’ve introduced the app to our administrators, e.g., superintendent, principals and assistant principals. The phased approach allows us to properly communicate the purpose and value of CrisisManager to each unique group of constituents and customize the mobile app's step-by-step instructions based on individual roles and responsibilities. Later this year, a tailored version of CrisisManager will be available for teachers.
Have there been any surprises thus far?
It really is seamless. Setting up the account and publishing our paper-based plans on the app was very straightforward. SchoolDude helped customize our CrisisManager plans based on our district’s specific needs – some of which have been imposed by very firm Connecticut state regulations for emergency response plans. For so long, we’ve relied on emergency plans stored in a 3-ring binder, mainly because it was the status quo. Mobile brings much greater accessibility. It is a relief to have all of our plans, emergency contact numbers, maps, etc. all at our fingertips.
What have been the biggest benefits of using CrisisManager?
Being able to offer one-tap emergency calling and an easier process for reporting incidents has been extremely helpful. The app has given us more confidence that we are providing a safe teaching and learning environment, as well as meeting Connecticut’s safety regulations.
*Ken also spoke to WFSB-TV about CrisisManager. See the news clip here