As part of an ongoing commitment to the safety and security of the medical school community, a new app – the Rave Panic Button – has been launched to enhance the emergency notification system at WMed.
The medical school has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety since 2014 to provide an emergency alert system to inform faculty, residents, students, and staff of emergency situations, closures, and other important notifications. The system allows for emergency messages to be sent via email and text and all new employees, faculty, and students are automatically enrolled in the Rave Alert system with a WMed email or an email provided upon hire, appointment, or matriculation. Members of the WMed community can enter up to three mobile phone numbers and two email addresses to take full advantage of the Rave Alert system at https://www.getrave.com/login/wmichmed.
“The Rave Panic Button is an addition to our emergency notification system that will help enhance the safety of all WMed campus locations,” said Drake Olson, chief safety officer and senior director of Facilities at the medical school.
With the Rave Panic Button app installed on their mobile phone, a user can send an alert to notify the campus community of an active assailant such as an active shooter. Immediately following the campus notification, the user is prompted to call 911. Once an alert is sent, members of the WMed community enrolled in the Rave Alert system with a mobile device will receive a notification via email and a text is sent to the mobile device listed first in their Rave Alert user account.
The Rave Panic Button app can be downloaded and installed for free from the Apple App Store (for iPhone) or the Google Play Store (for Android). Detailed information about how to install and use the app can be found on the WMed Portal (login required).
“The new Rave Panic Button is an important tool in our continuing mission to ensure the safety and security of the WMed community,” Olson said. “We really encourage all faculty, residents, students, and staff to review the Rave Panic Button information, download the app on your mobile phone, and become familiar with how to use the app in case of a real active assailant situation.”