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Indianapolis Homeland Security Rolls Out School Safety Plan

Last updated on Thursday, July 25, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A new security program in Indianapolis aims to keep children safer in case of school emergencies by placing key information into the hands of first responders.

Wednesday, Indianapolis Homeland Security will explain the new plan. It allows them to put in floor plans of schools, outline potential risks and map routes to be used if there is an emergency at a school.

A small number of area schools are in the system and Indianapolis Homeland Security is working to get more on board. Other schools around the country are considering a model like the one in Indianapolis.

Homeland Security will work with each participating school and upload the information into their system. If there is a threat or other incident at that school, information like floor plans and map routes will be displayed on a large television screen in the command center. It will also be available on police officer's laptops inside their squad cars, and on the smart phones of first responders.

Instead of entering a school blindly, first responders like police will be able to map out where they're going ahead of time. They'll also be able to determine places where children might be sheltering so they can get to them quickly.

It's a pro-active move to put critical, life-saving information into the hands of firefighters, police and medics - any first responder at the scene.

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