The Daytona State College Campus Safety mission includes the commitment to providing quality security and safety services to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors who utilize our institution.
A crucial aspect of fulfilling this commitment is the ability to quickly and effectively notify students, faculty, staff, and visitors of danger and to provide clear, intelligible information and instructions during an emergency.
Since the Virginia Tech tragedy of April, 2007, the challenge of enhancing emergency notification at colleges and universities has been a top priority in subsequent strategies to improve campus safety.
This is evident in the findings and recommendations of virtually all major studies including the following, (on which Daytona State College has based many of its own critical incident response strategies):
- The Report to the President on Virginia Tech Tragedy
- Final Report of the Florida Gubernatorial Task Force on Campus Safety.
Daytona State College also recognizes that the key elements of a mass notification system are the people who use it. These technological improvements have been accompanied by the implementation of new training and coordination efforts to ensure qualified personnel are always available and prepared to effectively use each of the Daytona State College emergency mass notification systems.
Daytona State College’s emergency Mass Notification System consists of various capabilities designed to create a dynamic system with the capacity to serve our specific needs and adjust to unforeseen circumstances.
Daytona State College’s Mass Notification System is built upon a platform of multiple first and second tier emergency mass notification systems.
First Tier Mass Notification Systems employed by Daytona State College include:
“GIANT VOICE” Wireless Mass Notification System
An outdoor emergency loudspeaker and siren system
LED notification devices
Electronic scrolling signs that display messages sent to the Giant Voice system.
Cisco IP Phone InformaCast® “Voice Over IP” (VOIP)
A system which utilizes the Cisco IP phones throughout the entire College as voice warning system
Volunteer Emergency Response Teams (ERTs)
Employees who have volunteered to assist during an emergency with duties such as notification and evacuation
Dynavox® portable loudspeakers
Bullhorns for use by trained Campus Safety officers or others to be deployed to appropriate areas during an emergency
Silent Knight® Voice Evacuation System
A system providing the capability to broadcast voice instructions from a central location over speakers throughout bldg. 500
Second Tier Mass Notification Systems employed by Daytona State College include:
Daytona State College RaveAlert emergency notification system, free to all students and employees. RaveAlert includes
Voice phone calling
Social media (Facebook, Twitter) notification
Daytona State College’s Emergency Mass Notification strategy is one of continuous improvement. Campus Safety is committed to researching and exploring new advances in mass notification, as well as upgrading and expanding existing systems to ensure that we are providing safety to the Daytona State College community at the highest possible level.