Alyssa’s Law was created following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Started by the mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old victim of the shooting, the law calls for all public school buildings to have at least one silent panic alarm directly linked to law enforcement.
In the Parkland, Florida shooting, there was a delay in response from law enforcement and lots of confusion from staff and students. Alyssa Alhadeff was the first victim shot in addition to 16 others killed and multiple wounded. Her mother has been pushing to make schools safer ever since. The goal of the silent panic alarm required by Alyssa’s law is to reduce the amount of time it takes emergency officials to respond to situations.
As of now, the law has passed in New Jersey and Florida. It passed in New Jersey on February 6, 2019, and has gone into effect. It was passed in Florida on June 30, 2020, and will be in effect starting with the 2021-2022 school year.
Although there are some small differences between the New Jersey and Florida requirements, the fundamentals of the law are the same: students must have access to a silent panic alarm in case of emergency.
Vector Solutions is committed to staying up to date with our resources as new legislation is introduced. To meet mandates in New Jersey and Florida, we have added a silent Panic Alarm to the Vector LiveSafe Tip Reporting and Safety Communications Platform. This Panic Alarm meets all requirements of Alyssa’s Law and is accessible to anyone who has the Vector LiveSafe mobile app.
The Panic Alarm feature can be easily added to any Vector LiveSafe account as a new card on the homescreen
To activate the alarm, the user taps on the card. The user then must confirm initiation by tapping the “Activate Panic Alarm” dialogue.
Once activated, the Panic Alarm is received as an emergency tip and initiates persistent location sharing. The reportee can then engage in two-way chat.
The emergency tip received from activating the Panic Alarm will appear in the administrative dashboard with a red flashing bar. The Panic Alarm can be configured to send emergency tips to an individual or group of people such as administrators, school resource officers, or local law enforcement.
To learn more about how Vector LiveSafe’s Panic Alarm can help you address the requirements of Alyssa’s Law and keep your students and staff safe. Request a demo today.