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New app to improve safety in school emergencies

The inventors of a new management system want to use smart phones as a tool for emergency management in schools, and it could be coming to your child's school district. The inventors of a new management system want to use smart phones as a tool for emergency management in schools, and it could be coming to your child's school district.
The Marion-based company is presenting the ground-breaking app to local school districts statewide. The Marion-based company is presenting the ground-breaking app to local school districts statewide.
During a crisis, school staff will have immediate access to their class rosters, emergency contacts, maps and checklists right at their fingertips. During a crisis, school staff will have immediate access to their class rosters, emergency contacts, maps and checklists right at their fingertips.
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

In an emergency situation, most of us are likely to grab our cell phone.

The inventors of a new management system want to use smart phones as a tool for emergency management in schools, and it could be coming to your child's school district.

Technology is changing the way we as a society do anything these days. So, why shouldn't the way we handle emergency situations in our schools be any different?

The inventors of "Crisis Go" say, there's an app for that too.

Enough with the old, bulky binders school districts refer to when there's an emergency. The creators of "Crisis Go" say it's time to simplify.

"Today, the best tool is there phone," said CEO Jim Spicuzza.

"To have those resources, all of the basic information that you need when you are in the middle of an emergency or a critical situation, right there on something that you are accustomed to everyday, anyway," said Jeff Arnett, from the Barrington School District.

The Marion-based company is presenting the ground-breaking app to local school districts statewide.

"Every district is going to have not only different crisis that they manage, but they are going to have different priorities," said Arnett who has been using the app in his district for a pilot program.

During a crisis, school staff will have immediate access to their class rosters, emergency contacts, maps and checklists right at their fingertips.

"If you are going to be taking care of those kids, if you are really going to respond effectively, it's important that these responders have the best tools," Spicuzza said.

In fact, the tool has already made it's way into the Barrington School District.

Arnett said, already, the pilot project is making waves in his district.

"The fact that it can be customized to each school district, it can be as elaborate as a school district wants it to be, or as simple as a school district wants it to be," he said.

The creators of the app say it will cost school districts roughly a dollar per student, and it will work with any smart phone.

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