On a far too regular basis, something heart-breaking will occur at a school like Newtown or Columbine. And for the next few weeks following the disaster, school boards across the nation push their school staff to get proposals for emergency equipment upgrades.
So, the principals or others staff meet with vendors and gather proposals for making their schools safer.
But then the buzz dies down a bit, the urgency fades. And when the proposals are reviewed (if they are reviewed at all) then the staff are told “it doesn’t fit into the budget, right now.”
A Community School District in Indianapolis was determined to not let this “budget vs. safety” dilemma catch them off guard when they contacted us back in the Fall of 2013.
They knew their current communication system was inadequate to help them deal with these all-too-common tragedies. Specifically, they had no way to instantly alert all their member schools simultaneously if an “incident” were to occur.
1. Their regular phone systems were too slow. Phone systems are one-to-one communication and in an emergency you have to have one-to-many communication.
2. Their current analog two-way radio systems didn’t allow users to override regular communication in order to deliver emergency warnings. And unless everyone (at every school) happened to be on the same channel, one-to-many communication was impossible.
During any school emergency, reliable communication is the key. So, the district knew they needed a better way to communicate with all its schools, and they wondered if a new radio system could be the answer. But would they be able to get everything they needed? They had received a grant from the state for new radio equipment, but would it be enough?
That’s when they found Discount Two-Way Radio and their exceptional service team. DTWR was able to expertly design and deliver a new two-way radio system with a digital repeater and digital hand-held radios which allowed each school to have independent, on-site communications as well as an emergency override that would broadcast to all schools. This new system instantly provided the one-to-many emergency communication that the district required.
This district now has a cost-effective digital radio setup which covers their day-to-day and their emergency needs, and best of all Discount Two-Way Radio was able to help them stay under budget.
We hope that all schools nationwide have the proper safeguards in place to handle any emergency or crisis. But if you have doubts or are not sure your current budget will allow for new safety communications equipment, just give Discount Two-Way Radio a call at 800-895-5122 and we will help you create a safer, more secure campus today. No budget is too small when it comes to the safety of every student!