After the Sandy Hook tragedy, a local Sheriff asked our founders if there was anything that could be done to harden a rural, remote school in his jurisdiction. After studying all the school shootings that have occurred and analyzing what must occur during a school lockdown, our founders developed the concept for S.H.I.E.L.D.™ and presented it to the local Sheriff. He loved it and paid for it to be installed at the rural school.
Recognizing the uniqueness of the system, our founders applied for and received a full patent on the system from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
From these humble beginnings, S.H.I.E.L.D.™ now protects tens of thousands of students daily without changing the functionality or appearance of the school.
S.H.I.E.L.D.™, a patented system, functions as normal access control on a daily basis but upon activation it simultaneously compartmentalizes the school, notifies everyone in the building to lockdown and directly notifies law enforcement of the S.H.I.E.L.D.™ activation as well as 9-1-1. All this occurs in 4 to 6 seconds. Time is crucial in an active shooter incident. The faster the school is locked down and the faster law enforcement can get on site, the more lives are saved in these horrific incidents.
Craig Dodson - Craig is a 28+ year law enforcement officer with extensive training and experience in handling active shooter scenarios, conducting physical site risk assessments and conducting school safety training for law enforcement and educators.
Tim Padgett - Tim has 35+ years in Emergency Management with extensive training and experiencing in working with schools on safety issues and training schools on multi-hazard approach to emergency preparedness. Tim also served as a Deputy Fire Chief
Cynthia Daley - Cynthia is lawyer and former high school teacher. She has extensive experience in consulting with schools on their safety plans, facilitating table top drills with school personnel to test their safety plans and, along with Tim Padgett, is one of the few Train the Trainers certified by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security on Multi-Hazard Emergency Preparedness for Schools in the State of Georgia.
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