The school year is winding down at all levels. In some cases, the academic year could be over. There will be a short recess before summer school begins. That means letting your guard down is never an option. Here are some of the most valuable takeaways you can learn when it comes time to improve your campus security measures.
Add a Mass Notification System
Every campus should have a mass notification system in place. Even when one is down for maintenance, there should be a backup one ready to go in case of an emergency. You never know when an emergency will happen, and it’s always better to be safe and not sorry. This is a fantastic way of letting everyone on campus know whether they should go into lockdown mode or prepare to evacuate as needed.
Plan Evacuation Drills
Evacuation drills are also essential. Fire drills often happen at the K-12 level, and even in pre-schools. But that is often overlooked on college campuses and at universities. Part of improving campus security involves preparing for situations where evacuations are necessary. This means everyone needs to know what to do and where to go from, from student residents to resident assistants to parents who are just visiting. Posting the plans and routes for evacuations should be a priority, especially when those plans can easily be mounted on the back of dormitory doors.
Implement Card Access Systems
Every building should also have access control systems installed. Implementing card access is an excellent way to increase campus security. Students with ID cards can return to the dorms that they are assigned to live in and can check in when they are visiting friends in other buildings.
Ensure Dormitory Security
Inspect all of the dormitories and other buildings commonly frequently by students. This inspection is to ensure that everything is up to code for fire safety and that all regulations are being followed.
Upgrade Fire Safety Systems
Finally, it is necessary to upgrade all fire safety systems across campus. Different buildings will have different needs but address them all the same. This means that fire extinguishers must be fully charged, smoke detectors and fire sprinklers work as intended, and emergency exits and fire doors don’t need to be repaired.
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