Alyssa’s Alert — What You Need to Know About the Current Requirements and Pending Legislation

Alyssa’s Alert, synonymously aligned with Alyssa’s Law — legislation (and pending legislation) which aims to improve the response time of law enforcement during emergencies in public schools — is the designation of a mobile panic alert system capable of connecting diverse emergency services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between multiple first responder agencies. All such systems must integrate with local public safety answering point infrastructure to transmit 911 calls and mobile activations. 

“Making Minutes Matter” isn’t just a tagline for Think Safe, the company that developed EMMA — Emergency Management Mobile Application. It’s what EMMA does. In fact, the unforgettable tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, was a driving force behind the development of the EMMA. Lori and Ilan Alhadeff, parents of Alyssa Alhadeff who was one of the victims in the mass shooting, made it their mission to create a culture of safety and vigilance in a secure school environment. EMMA aligns with the actions needed to make their mission a reality: POWER (Preparedness, Observation, Willingness to Act, Education, Response).

Meeting the Requirements of Alyssa's Law in Florida

Alyssa’s Law is critical because tragic public school events have shown that improving law enforcement response times is key to making minutes matters. In accordance with Section (s.) 1006.07(4), Florida Statutes (F.S.), all Florida public schools, including charters, must be outfitted with mobile panic alert systems (Alyssa’s Alert) by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. According to this statute Alyssa’s Alert systems must:

EMMA unequivocally exceeds all of the Alyssa’s Alert requirements — ensuring improved response time and coordination with emergency services — but there is a gap that these requirements alone don't address. EMMA can close the gap.

Exceeding the Requirements of Alyssa's Law — EMMA Helps Where 911 Cannot

We’ve studied the historical timeline of events gathered from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and other sources following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018. By mapping out key responders, key communication and key timelines of the emergency event the gap became clear. The minutes between the 911 notification and arrival of first responders has a significant impact on positive outcomes. EMMA makes these minutes matter too with these critical features:

Federal Legislation for Alyssa's Law

The following legislation has been introduced:

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Alyssa's Alert: Case Study on the Events Surrounding the Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018

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New Jersey

Passed
Phil Murphy signed into law “Alyssa's Law.” This law states that all primary and secondary schools within the State of New Jersey must install a “Panic Alarm” device that can silently and directly notify law enforcement of a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring their response.

FLORIDA

Passed
in July of 2020, Florida Governor – Ron DeSantis signed (SB-70) Alyssa's Law requiring each public school to implement a mobile panic alert system for specified purposes beginning with the 2021/2022 school year.

Nebraska

Pending Legislation
LB1156 for Alyssa's Law was introduced by Tony Vargas on January 22, 2020 and would require development and implementation of a statewide school panic button program.

New York

Pending Legislation
Senate Bill S6237 for Alyssa’s Law is sponsored by Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and would require that each public elementary and secondary school building be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency.

Texas

Pending Legislation
Introduced by Representative Shawn Thierry, HB204, would require each school district or public junior college district to adopt and implement a multihazard emergency operations plan for use in the district’s facilities addressing prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Arizona

Pending Legislation
Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Representatives Hernandez D. Chavez of Espinoza and Hernandez A. Payne of Sierra as HB2803 requiring each public school building be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emegency.
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