Mandates all public elementary and secondary schools be equipped with silent panic alerts that directly notify law enforcement—because expediting response can save lives.
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:
Already passed into law in New Jersey and Florida, Alyssa’s Law is quickly gaining traction around the U.S.
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
In Nebraska, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Senator Tony Vargas of Omaha (LB1156).
In New York, bills for Alyssa’s Law have been submitted by State Senator David Carlucci (S03620) and Assemblywomen Ellen Jaffee (A06234).
For the state of Texas, Alyssa’s Law was introduced by Representative Shawn Thierry.
HR 4606: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require silent alarms in elementary schools and secondary schools, and for other purposes. Learn more
HR 3665: This bill directs the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services within the Department of Justice to award grants to public elementary and secondary schools to (1) conduct independent facility security risk assessments, and (2) make hard security improvements (e.g., video monitoring and alert notification equipment) that are identified as necessary by the risk assessment. Learn more
HR 2717: This bill establishes a pilot program through which the Department of Justice must award grants to public elementary and secondary schools to conduct independent facility security risk assessments and make hard security improvements (e.g., video monitoring and alert notification equipment). Learn more
HR 3661: This bill addresses school security by requiring silent panic alarms in elementary and secondary schools and reauthorizing a program to train school resource officers. Learn more
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.