“Alyssa’s Law”—named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy—requires public and charter schools to have silent panic alert systems linked directly to first responders and law enforcement agencies.
Already passed into law in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Tennessee, Alyssa’s Law is quickly gaining traction around the country.
Alyssa’s Law passed assembly in New York on June 4, 2022 and was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on June 23, 2022. Learn More.
Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill A764 (Alyssa’s Law) into law in February 2019. New Jersey schools can use the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond to purchase mobile panic buttons that comply with the law. Learn More.
In July 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Alyssa’s Law (SB-70) into law, requiring public and charter schools to have mobile panic buttons installed that directly link to law enforcement and first responder agencies. Learn More.
Alyssa’s Law has passed in Oregon under House Bill 5014. The law requires all public elementary and secondary school buildings to be equipped with silent panic alarms to expedite law enforcement response during emergencies. Furthermore, its inclusion under budget note 3 in the education budget allocates $2.5M for schools throughout the state to install these panic alarm systems. Learn More.
In Nebraska, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Senator Tony Vargas of Omaha (LB1156).
Alyssa’s Law is currently in progress in the state of Georgia.
For the state of Arizona, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Representatives Hernandez D. Chavez of Espinoza and Hernandez A. Payne of Sierra.
For the state of Virginia, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Representative Timothy V. Anderson.
The Alyssa’s Legacy Youth in Schools Safety Alert (ALYSSA) Act was introduced by Representative Josh Gottheimer, District 5 NJ (D-NJ-5). “The bill requires that each elementary and secondary school have a silent alarm to alert local law enforcement authorities and emergency responders about a safety issue at the school.” Learn More.
With all the choices out there, how can schools know they are choosing the right panic alert technology for compliance with Alyssa’s Law? Here are five reasons why modern web and app-based panic alert software solutions are superior to panic alert badges:
In emergency situations, schools cannot afford even one second of delayed or inaccurate correspondence with dispatchers and responders. Successful response—and the number of lives saved—depends on how fast first responders receive accurate, specific information about the emergency. Best practice is for teachers and staff to have a mobile panic button that they can initiate from wherever they are on campus.