Let’s face it…distractions are everywhere. From texting or talking on our mobile phones to simply being lost in our own thoughts, it’s easy to lose track of our surroundings. However, situational awareness can be the difference maker to staying out of harm’s way. When placed in a dangerous situation, being aware of a potential threat even seconds before an incident occurs may save a life.
National Situational Awareness Day is observed each year on September 26th. This day serves as a vital reminder about the importance of paying attention to our environment to increase both our personal safety and the security of those around us. In a time when school safety is top of mind and close to each of our hearts, we believe this day is more important to observe than ever.
Teaching Our Children to be Situationally Aware
Situational awareness has been taught to the military and law enforcement for decades, but this concept applies to everyone. We’d encourage you to take the opportunity today to talk about situational awareness with your children and share these simple tips to increase their personal safety:
- Be Mindful – Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention on the present. When you are purposeful about being focused on what is happening in the present moment, you are instantly more in tune with your surroundings.
- Ditch the Distraction– Our mobile phones are an essential tool…so don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you ditch the device! Instead – remove the distraction. For example, when walking to class or from the bus stop, don’t text. Look up and be aware of what is going on around you.
- See Something, Say Something – Whether you’re witnessing an act of bullying or see a hazardous situation, it’s important to report incidents to the authorities to help address the issue proactively. Technology tools like EndZone for Education make it easier for students to report an issue electronically and anonymously,
Using Technology to Aid Situational Awareness
Last spring, DMI launched EndZone for Education, a real-time safety monitoring and situational awareness app designed to empower educators and students to each play an essential part schools safety. EndZone was originally developed & deployed for high-risk situations in the Federal Government, and we recognized that this same technology can be utilized to protect our schools.
Nearly every student carries a mobile phone with them and many schools have Wi-Fi networks, video monitoring and some form of electronic access control implemented. We’ve married these capabilities with our EndZone for Education solution to empower students and school administrators to control their environment and rapidly engage law enforcement and first responders in the event of an incident.
EndZone for Education is based on developing collective intelligence by leveraging the eyes and ears of the entire school community to ensure the highest level of school safety. Students and teachers can report an issue or dangerous situation with a push of a button. With EndZone for Education, schools have the power to reduce the response time of first responders, neutralize threats and ultimately save lives.
Instead of relying on a stationary alert button, EndZone takes advantage of mobile technology to make communicating emergency situations easier than ever. With smartphones, tablets, laptops and networked communications, the power to make a difference is already at our fingertips.
Scott Deutschman, Corporate Development Officer