Rave Panic Button Adopted by NM to Improve School Safety Statewide

More than just emergency call buttons - Upon the press of any of the five emergency Rave Panic Buttons, a preset notification is sent to all necessary on-site staff and safety personnel. That same notification is received by 9-1-1, plus additional details about the location of the incident, facility data, and more. This aids first responders before arriving on scene to determine next steps and greatest areas of need. Rave Panic Button works for app, landline and mobile activations for a true 9-1-1 integration, allowing 9-1-1 to communicate back when the “All Clear” has been confirmed.

Rave Mobile Safety, a Multiple Award Winner in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, nominated in three categories in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards, has been selected by the state of New Mexico to deploy its Rave Panic Button in all K-12 schools across the state,

New Mexico is the lastest state to join Oklahoma, Delaware and Louisiana in statewide deployments.

The growth in Rave Panic Button deployments comes as new features are added to the platform to further enhance the tool’s ability to get help where it’s needed most during an emergency, as well as strengthen internal critical communications.

As schools continue to navigate safety threats both old and new, they need fast, smart, reliable technology that can create a direct connection with 9-1-1, first responders and on-site personnel to activate an immediate response to any type of emergency.

Whether it be day-to-day medical incidents to crisis situations, Rave Panic Button will now fill the need for rapid response communications across New Mexico, covering nearly 350,000 students across all K-12 public schools, creating a fully interoperable school safety platform statewide.

(See how a Rave Panic Button activation generates and delivers an instant notification to authorized on-site employees and security personnel. The automated functionality allows recipients to take immediate action during a crisis, such as locking down, evacuating the facility, or responding with an AED. Courtesy of Rave Mobile Safety and YouTube.)

The app has already been implemented in nearly 50 states and is used in over 10,000 schools across the United States, including those in Washington, D.C., and Florida, where 25% of the student population statewide is protected by the Rave Panic Button.

“We implemented Rave Panic Button following the guidelines and best practices established in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission report, which highlights that the fastest response to a school emergency is by calling 9-1-1 and simultaneously notifying those on campus of the type of event,” explained John “David” Crawford, Director of Auxiliary Services and School Safety for Baker County Public Schools in Florida.

“Rave Panic Button does this immediately with a push of the button no matter where on campus an emergency takes place.”

Joy Hofmeister
Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction

“We made Rave Panic Button available to Oklahoma public schools because the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oklahoma.

“Over the last year, we’ve seen implementation of the Panic Button help produce better outcomes in emergency situations.”

“Oklahoma is committed to creating a culture of safety in our schools, and Rave Panic Button is an important component of ensuring our students are learning in a safe environment.”

Rave provides the only fully interoperable, 9-1-1 integrated, FirstNet-listed Panic Button platform connecting emergency services, 9-1-1 systems and multi-jurisdictional first responder agencies across a single school safety solution.

Rave Panic Button handles every step of emergency response—from the time someone first activates it to the time officials give the all clear.

(The Rave Panic Button mobile app instantly communicates emergencies to 9-1-1, on-site personnel and first responders for an integrated and immediate response. Courtesy of Rave Mobile Safety and YouTube.)

The newest enhancements to the Rave Panic Button platform include:

Status check requests and live video streaming-

  • from those on-scene to share actionable data like location or requests for help, ensuring first responders prioritize response and head directly to where help is needed most

An actionable content directory-

  • within the app that allows school leaders to make valuable documents like CPR instructions and evacuation routes available to Rave Panic Button users right on their smartphones, replacing outdated printouts

After the Rave Panic Button communicates an incident to 9-1-1 and on-site staff, immediate next steps can be put into place. 9-1-1 can initiate check-ins with those on-site to see who’s injured and get their locations and the current status of the situation to better direct first responders arriving on scene.

Fully automated user management-

  • making it easy for school contacts to be automatically updated with access to Rave Panic Button as changes to school staffing occur; this is especially helpful in statewide deployments of Rave Panic Button where tens of thousands of teachers and staff use the app

Drill management-

  • to ensure compliance with school safety drill regulations across school districts with queries and reporting by school, date range and drill type

Reunification support-

  • to guide staff and provide a full audit trail through complex parent-student reunification events with a shared view of progress, defined roles and responsibilities, interactive checklists, communication templates and a library of resources

Standards-driven integration capabilities-

  • to quickly connect additional emergency services and communications solutions, making it easy to integrate Rave Panic Button into today’s school safety landscape

Todd Miller, Rave Chief Operating Officer
Todd Miller, Rave Chief Operating Officer

“Today’s complex school safety environment requires fully interoperable solutions that enable a multi-jurisdictional response, connect diverse emergency services, and provide true 9-1-1 integration to ensure the investments schools make in the safety of their students and staff truly deliver,” said Todd Miller, chief operating officer, Rave Mobile Safety.

“We are proud to offer the only panic button solution that has been deployed on a statewide basis, multiple times, ensuring students, teachers and staff are equally protected across the entire state.”

To learn more about the Rave Panic Button, please visit www.ravemobilesafety.com.

Rave Mobile Safety Returns to Compete in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program Banquet Luncheon

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

Final Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred across all fifty states in the America.

With the unprecedented occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the safety and security industries has realized the need to increase innovations to address the daily growing challenges.

As such AST aims to make sure these firms and professionals are reflected in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, so we’d like to encourage you to submit appropriate categories recommendations and include COVID-19 Frontline Professionals in your Nominations to see that these Professionals, Facilities, and Vendors receive the Recognition they Deserve!

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon featured an impassioned and compelling keynote address by William (Bill) Bratton, former police commissioner of the NYPD twice, the BPD, and former chief of the LAPD, on the history of policing in America and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.

The event featured an impassioned and compelling keynote address by William J. Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) twice, the Boston Police Department (BPD), and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as he walked attendees through 50 years of American policing history, the impacts on the communities, and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.

Commissioner Bratton, one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues and Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk a global advisory firm, was recognized as the ‘2019 ‘ASTORS’ Person of the Year’ for his Lifetime of Dedication and Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Why the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included: 

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • DHS S&T 
  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police (PAPD)
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • The New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (NYS DHSES)
  • United States Border Patrol
  • AlertMedia, Ameristar Perimeter Security, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Bellevue University, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., CornellCookson, Drone Aviation, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global, IPVideo Corp., Konica Minolta Business Solutions, LenelS2, ManTech, Regroup Mass Notifications, SafeLogic, SolarWinds, Senstar, ShotSpotter, Smiths Detection, TCOM LP, Trackforce, Verint, and More!

From innovative Military Cyber Programs, to LocalState and Federal Public Safety and Emergency Management Initiatives, New Physical and IT Products and Services, and Security Professional, Threat Assessment, Emergency Preparedness, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Education and Training Opportunities – Join your ‘ASTORS’ Award-Winning Peers and Receive the Recognition You Deserve!

Excellence in Public Safety and Government Security Award Nominations are also encouraged, such as those 2019 Honored Winners which includes the DEAU.S. Marine CorpsDHS S&TFederal Protective ServiceDHS S&T NUSTLU.S. Marshals ServiceU.S. Border PatrolThe Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services.

Individuals are also encouraged to be nominated for Government Excellence in Public Safety and Homeland Security such as last years widely respected recipients.

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

Harness the Power of the Web – with our 100% Mobile Friendly Publications

AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.
AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

American Security Today

These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

To learn more about the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please go to the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Championship Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2019 ‘A Year in Review’.

The ‘ASTORS’ Champion Edition is published annually and includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.

It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2019 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitgate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

Rave Mobile Safety Wins Big in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards

Rave Mobile Safety

  • Best Mass Notification System – Software

  • Rave Alert

  • CAP compliant, Rave Alert lets users instantly send alerts via text email, and voice, and send to IPAWS-OPEN, WebEOC, and digital signage – simultaneously.

  • This ensures their targeted audience receives your messages as soon as possible, and pre-set templates make it easy for infrequent users to send messages in emergencies.

(Higher education CIOs told us how they have overcame their top challenges and increased efficiencies to support their higher education institutions’ goals. Courtesy of Rave Mobile Safety and YouTube).

  • Best Risk, Crisis Mgmt Solution

  • Rave Panic Button app

  • The Rave Panic Button app delivers critical data such as detailed caller location, floor plans, emergency exit locations, emergency contacts, and key procedures.

  • The Rave Panic Button app clearly communicates an emergency to 9-1-1, on-site personnel, and first responders within seconds, shortening response times and improving safety for all those in the immediate area.

  • Best Handheld Mobile Device Solution

  • Rave Guardian

  • Rave Guardian, a 2-way personal safety app, can help you build positive community relationships by engaging directly with your people through texting, confidential tips, location sharing, a call directory and a content portal.

  • *Rave Mobile Security was also recognized with Multiple Wins in the 2018 and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.

(Eight seconds is the average attention span of the new crop of college students. Make them count with a campus safety app. Courtesy of Rave Mobile Safety and YouTube.)

Rave Mobile Safety provides the leading critical communication and data platform trusted to help save lives.

Rave Mobile Safety is a leading provider of critical communication and collaboration technology used to save lives, manage crisis incidents and increase resiliency.

From major disasters and crisis events to everyday emergencies and operational incidents, the Rave platform enables critical data sharing, mass notification and emergency response coordination.

Rave Mobile Safety

Over 8,000 first responder, c, 9-1-1, and federal, state and local agencies—as well as corporations, healthcare organizations, universities and schools—all rely on Rave to prepare better, respond faster, recover quicker and mitigate anticipated critical incidents.

Click Here to see how Rave can enable you to do all you can today™ to keep everyone safe.

To Learn More about the Rave Mobile Safety Platform, please visit .ravemobilesafety.com.

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Rave Mobile Safety Returns to Compete in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards