Sussex Tech using new app for emergencies
GEORGETOWN, Del. – The Sussex Tech School District will be using a new app this coming school year to increase safety.
The app is called “Rave Panic Button” and is free for any school in Delaware, thanks to state funding. It can only be downloaded by approved teachers and features different buttons to alert police, fire and/or EMS. It also gives officials the precise location of the emergency.
The Sussex Tech School District is the first district in the county to implement the app. It’s something the district’s superintendent says will help decrease the time it takes for help to arrive.
“Seconds are vital. Seconds are vital. In the worst case scenario, an active shooter, a second can save a life. And so the more quickly we can get the response to the 911 center and get a response back, it’s life saving,” says Stephen Guthrie, Superintendent of the Sussex Tech School District.
The app also features system wide texting, if there’s a situation where someone can’t talk during an emergency. Officials tell 47 ABC that the app is fairly easy to use and teachers will be trained on how to use it during the first couple of days of the new school year.