What is a Panic Button?
Updated: Dec 3, 2020
We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to get a panic button system for your hotel, business, or school. But first, let's talk about what a Panic Button actually is and why you might need it. There are two types of panic buttons mandated in the U.S. First of which is the panic button customized for hotel / lone-worker safety. This device silently alerts management or security of a threat within the building. Secondly, a school panic button is a new mandate that requires schools staff and faculty to carry a panic button device on them during school hours in order to alert the school of an on-campus emergency.
Panic Buttons Laws
A Panic Button in terms of hotel safety is defined as
a two-way ("communication device") or other electronic device which is kept on an employee’s person when the employee is in a guest room, and that permits an employee to communicate with or otherwise effectively summon immediate on-scene assistance from a security officer, manager or supervisor, or other appropriate hotel staff member. *1
A Panic Button in terms of school safety (Alyssa's Law) is defined as
a “Panic alarm” which means a silent security system signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring a response from law enforcement. *2
In other words, a Panic Button is a device that must alert either security or law enforcement about the situation that you or someone else is in. This could be anything from a stationary button on campus or an app on your own personal phone and anything in between. Here at REVLAB, we have decided to go with an application solution due to its ease of use and reliability. Most people carry around there smartphones where ever they go, so adding an emergency app to a person's phone is the easiest and most convenient way of having a panic button on hand at all times. Not to mention it saves money because it is a light-weight software solution to an industry that is generally high-priced.
Why we need them
Hotels have always been an industry with certain risks to personnel. Housekeeping, Maids, Room Service, and other staff that work in guestrooms alone are prone to being the victim in an act of violence. These acts of violence include assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other inappropriate conduct towards hotel staff.
Life-threatening emergencies do not happen in schools very often but when they do the staff must be quick to react and even faster to let everybody know. These emergencies can be shooting, bomb threats, fights, etc. Schools cannot afford to lose a single life, so acting immediately is a necessity. In order to do that the proper people must know what is going on first in order to properly coordinate the right procedures to save as many lives as possible.
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