Alabama District Adds Mobile App for Emergency Response

Alabama's Houston County Schools has adopted a new platform and mobile app in an effort to improve student safety.

The district, with 14 schools and approximately 6,400 students, has selected CrisisManager from SchoolDude. CrisisManager provides step-by-step emergency response instructions for crises such as bomb threats, inclement weather, active shooters and more.

The customizable app offers "offers one-tap emergency calling, building schematics, emergency exits and lockdown locations relevant to the various schools in the district," according to a news release. "Emergency plans, available with or without a Wi-Fi connection, are password-protected, and not available to the general public."

"We've received positive feedback from our school administrators, as CrisisManager offers them an easy to use, detailed guide for handling any emergency," said Kenny Fondren, technology specialist at Houston County Schools, in a prepared statement. "CrisisManager complements our existing safety resources, which working together ensures we have a safe teaching and learning environment at Houston County Schools."

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