March 10, 2015

Bessemer offers residents new electronic way to get emergency alerts, community information

The residents of Bessemer have a new way to receive emergency alerts and other important information from the city. 

The City of Bessemer Citizen Notification System (CNS) is a free service that allows residents and businesses in Bessemer to receive alerts regarding utility outages, severe weather and other emergencies -- as well as other community notifications -- via phone calls, emails or text messages, according to a news release from the city.

The city of Bessemer is partnering with High Ground Solutions of Birmingham to provide the service, according to the release.

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February 25, 2015

Websites & Schoolcast Keep You Informed

Thanks to new technology, families can now be informed of weather conditions and schedule changes very quickly. If you ever have a question of whether a scheduled event is going to happen, just check it out on the Web. That is, if you have power! Any time you need to verify school activities, check out our website - - we have people who are diligent about keeping this site current and correct.

Schoolcast has been around for a few years and has proved very helpful to families. Sometimes you get quite a few reminders to your cell or text, but we try to use it in a helpful manner. These reminders are there to communicate with our families, staff and students.

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December 31, 2014

City of Graysville to see improvements in the New Year

The City of Graysville is looking forward to better serving it residents in 2015 according to Mayor Ted Doss.

Graysville will soon be adding the RapidCast messaging system to assist it's residents. RapidCast is a communication tool that will allow the residents of Graysville as well as city employees to receive information via text messages, voicemail, email and/or social media notifications. According to Doss, the city can use RapidCast to inform the Graysville’s Board of Mayor and Commissioners or the fire department to meetings and training sessions as well as alerting large numbers of Graysville’s residents to events such as road closings, adverse weather conditions and issues affecting the railway lines running through Graysville.

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September 23, 2014

CampusCast (a.k.a. Eagle Alert) Used at University of Southern Mississippi To Combat Social Media Threat

University of Southern Mississippi Police Department have arrested Brandon Hardin, 20, in conjunction with Monday morning's social media threat. The anonymous post — made on the Yik Yak app Monday morning — led campus police and administrators to issue an Eagle Alert to students and parents and increase security in and around Joseph Greene Hall. Students also speak out (video) about the incident.

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August 13, 2014

Parents’ confidence in school safety increases nationally

According to Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll, nearly 75 percent of parents in the United States say they do not fear for their child’s physical safety at school. Equally important, 92 percent of school-aged children have not expressed any worry or concern about feeling unsafe at their school.  The 2014 survey was conducted Aug. 7-10, 2014.

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February 1, 2014

Hillside Lockdown Brings Church Safety to Forefront

The security plan at Hillside Christian Church in southwest Amarillo was put to the test one afternoon three weeks ago when a man with a history of making violent threats in online posts showed up in the parking lot.

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October 17, 2013

Alabama Schools Rely on SchoolCast To Help Earn Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence

Eastwood Elementary School in the Decatur City School System and Challenger Middle School in the Huntsville City School System both earned prestigious recognition from Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange this fall: The Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence. The award recognizes the school’s commitment to safety with a special emphasis placed on the use of technology to ensure that schools are safe.

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September 26, 2013

"Schoolcast For Me" App To Be On Display At VH National Night Out

The Vestavia Hills City Schools, in partnership with High Ground Solutions (HGS), is integrating a new app titled “SchoolCast For Me” for its parents, students and staff.

According to HGS, "The SchoolCast For Me App provides a unique, convenient and easy way for educators to communicate and share a wide variety of content with students, parents, teachers and staff – all members of their school’s community. It works in conjunction with the SchoolCast Rapid Communication System to deliver news and information directly to smartphones and tablets."

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March 14, 2013

Department of Justice OKs Creation of National Center for Campus Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will create a national center for public safety on school campuses. The Center would train campus public safety agency personnel, encourage research to strengthen college safety and security and serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of relevant campus public safety information.

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January 13, 2013

2013 School Safety Conference

Nationally respected crisis communication/crisis management consultant Rick Kaufman, APR, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker of the 2013 ASCA School Safety Conference set for March 1. The conference will be held at the Shelby County Instructional Service Center in Alabaster, Alabama. A.S.C.A. has partnered with SchoolCast, powered by High Ground Solutions, to help stage this informative seminar. 

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January 09, 2013

9 Tips for More Effective School Lockdowns

Keeping doors locked, avoiding codes and having reverse evacuation protocols will help to ensure your lockdowns are implemented quickly.

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December 06, 2012

HGS Executive Elected as PRSA Southeast District Chair for 2013

District officers for 2013 were announced this week after unanimous election by presidents of chapters throughout the Southeast District. Mitch Edwards, APR, () served as chair-elect in 2012, and will take office as chair. 

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June 05, 2012

Tennessee School Boards Association Launches iPhone App

The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) is proud to announce the release of its official mobile application, iTSBA. Available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, TSBA developed iTSBA as part of its advocacy, communication and membership services. 

This release makes the TSBA one of a very few state associations to release a public iPhone app. Once installed on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android device, the application will provide rapid alert information and details on local, state and national education issues. 

Click Here To download the application today from Apple. For additional feature details, including a demo video, visit the application webpage.

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April 11, 2012

14 Severe Weather Survival Tips

Vulnerability assessments, using safe rooms, following the two-wall rule and planning for students with special needs are just some of the steps your campus must take to prepare for a tornado.

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September 02, 2010

Clery Compliance Part 2: Emergency Response, Notification Guidelines

Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, which went into effect in July 2010, colleges and universities have revised rules relating to emergency response, emergency notification, missing student notification, fire safety reporting and hate crime reporting.

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January 01, 2008

Creating an Emergency Plan: 10 Ways to Tame the Beast

For those individuals suddenly given the responsibility for developing a disaster/emergency management and business continuity program, basic plan, or emergency operations plan, the process can be overwhelming.

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