Castleberry Installs Rapid Responder

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01.12.2007—Castleberry Independent School District (CISD) in Texas has installed a crisis management system called Rapid Responder from Prepared Response. CISD had been awarded an Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant for more than $100,000 and, as part of the grant, will install Rapid Responder in all of the its elementary, middle and high schools, as well as administration facilities.

The Rapid Responder system, according to Prepared Response, "provides school security, police, fire, and other first responders with key information that allows them to act quickly, decisively, and in a coordinated response with other responders." The system includes pre-planning meetings, system training for school staff members and responders and digital mapping of school buildings, including floor plans, GIS data and other information.

"Castleberry ISD has always prided itself on working closely with emergency personnel to protect our students and staff," said Gary Jones, CISD superintendent, in a prepared statement. "The cutting-edge, all-hazards Rapid Responder system takes our emergency planning to a new level by improving coordination and response during a crisis. It allows response agencies to develop crisis plans before an event occurs, thus saving time during an emergency."

Castleberry ISD serves 3,335 students in eight schools and employs 446 staff members in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

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