Cleveland Launches Special Program in Case of a School Emergency

Posted on: 12:53 pm, December 20, 2012, by , updated on: 01:49pm, December 20, 2012

Cleveland police, along with the Cleveland Municipal School District, announced Thursday afternoon the Securing Our Students (SOS) Program.

The program is meant to assist first responders in the event of an emergency.

Cleveland partnered with Foremost Safety Solutions, Inc. to create a comprehensive blueprint system of 100 schools within the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Officials say the fact that this program was revealed Thursday, just days after the Connecticut school shooting, is just a coincidence. They say they’ve been planning this for two years.

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Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:41 pm

Press conference has ended.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:32 pm

Cleveland Schools: we think of the worst-case scenarios like what happened in Newtown, but we have medical emergencies in our buildings all the time. This could save seconds, save lives.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:31 pm

Cleveland Schools: we will begin the implementation immediately.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:30 pm

Cleveland Schools: the digital blueprints will be available .. to share with neighboring departments.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:28 pm

This plan being put into place now is just a coincidence that the announcement comes just days after the Connecticut shooting. “We’ve been working on this plan for two years.”

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:27 pm

Cleveland schools now answering any questions.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:24 pm

presentation of what program looks like, continues..

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:22 pm

Nordonia Police: this is a program Foremost Safety Solutions has been trying to put into place since Columbine.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:20 pm

Nordonia Police: police/EMS know where to go because of the blueprint drawings.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:18 pm

Police in Nordonia talk about their pilot program.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:14 pm

A presentation is being made now.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:13 pm

Cleveland has partnered with Foremost Safety Solutions to create a comprehensive blueprint system of 100 schools within the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:09 pm

Cleveland Schools: it’ll allow us to be more efficient in our response.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:08 pm

Cleveland Schools: today’s plan will enhance our response, an additional resource to our layer. Dispatch center will also have layout of school.. beyond that, it also prepares us to respond to other things like roof collapse..

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:07 pm

Cleveland Schools: the use of this technology just may save lives.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:06 pm

Cleveland Schools: this tool will allow law enforcement to go into action immediately.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:06 pm

Cleveland Schools: this tool allows us to improve information sharing and to improve the emergency response. It will improve time of our fire department, including locations of safety equipment and safe rooms in our buildings, making rescue of our children safer.

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:04 pm

“Today, we’d like to announce the implementation of a valuable tool. We are working daily to create safer learning environments for our staff.”

Kara Sutyak December 20, 20121:04 pm

Cleveland Schools: today, with the memory of last week’s events, we mourn and suffer with the families in Newtown. We send our most sincere sympathies.