Virtual Safety: Local school ramps up security plans

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NORTH ROYALTON, OH – Saint Albert the Great has more than 800 students, and it’s Principal Edward Vittardi’s job to look after them.

Luckily, he has plenty of help with that thanks to his staff and a new program called Navigate Prepared.

“What makes it different is that it`s taking advantage of 21st century technology instead of paper copies of all of our plans,” said Vittardi.

He’s talking about the school’s emergency plans. They’re now stored online along with other information.

First responders have access to all of it.

“They have immediate access to our floor plans, to emergency shut offs, to emergency exits, all of the things that they would need access to in making any call to our school,” he said.

They can even see 360 degree images of the rooms and tap into the school’s surveillance cameras.

“In a worst case scenario, it`s going to give everyone responding the ability to look at the building, formulate a response plan for the campus,” said School Resource Officer John Karl.

Teachers can also access the emergency plans on their smart phones using the program’s app.

Everyone on staff has already been trained and parents have been notified.

The school was able to pay everything using grant money.

**For more information on the Navigate Prepared program, click here.**