School Safety Support Program Information
The Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System (CIPMS) was created by the Washington State Legislature in 2003, and signed into law as RCW 36.28A.060-080. That same year, the state capital budget included over $4 million to map the state’s 460 public high schools. Given this legislative mandate, WASPC also obtained federal funding to develop standards and choose a contract provider to develop the software that is now known as Rapid Responder.
In subsequent years, the Legislature funded the mapping of the remaining 1,700 middle and elementary schools. WASPC has now completed the legislatively mandated digital mapping of all K-12 schools. (An estimated 750 schools have actually been mapped more than once, due to new construction and remodeling.) Additionally, federal homeland security funding has been used to map the Legislative Building, SeaTac Airport, CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, hospitals, and other public and critical infrastructure sites.
Beginning in 2009, the state Legislature funded the mapping of the entire state community college system, for $3.5 million. This work was completed in 2011. Other higher education campuses have not yet been mapped, but a study (Campus Emergency Preparedness Study 2008) conducted for the Legislature in 2008 estimated costs to include state and private colleges in the system.
How the System Works
The mapping system provides information to first responders, including tactical pre-plans, satellite and geospatial imagery, interior and exterior photos, floor plans, staging areas, hazardous materials, utility shut-offs, and evacuation routes. Every law enforcement and fire department in the state can access this information via Rapid Responder to better respond to emergencies at schools and other mapped facilities.
When a school or other facility is first mapped, WASPC or contract staff conduct a site visit, taking hundreds of pictures and gathering information such as floor plans and emergency procedures from the school or other site operators. This information is loaded into Rapid Responder.
A critical part of each mapping process is called the Pre-Plan Tactical Meeting. WASPC facilitates a meeting between law enforcement, the fire department, and school or other site officials. A customized tactical response plan is developed to respond to a worst case active shooter incident at the site. This plan is represented with common language and icons on a site aerial and loaded into Rapid Responder for access by site and responding agencies.
WASPC trains site and responder users across the state in how to use the system to access the information. (This is called Navigation Training.) Site users are trained to keep the information up to date, and how to use the system to document training, drills, chemical inventories, and revised emergency procedures (Administrative Training). WASPC manages access to the site, and provides “customer support.” Click here for training opportunities.
Emergency Uses of the System
Daily Uses of the System
WASPC and its contractor agency, Prepared Response, Inc. are currently reaching out to the following types of facilities for possible inclusion in the system:
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David Corr, Program Manager
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