Downstate school safety portals will go statewide

By Joe Irizarry 3:16pm, December 11, 2013 - Updated 9:34am, December 12, 2013
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With the help of Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Laurel and Polytech School Districts are using a new web-based portal to build school safety plans.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

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"Kids are more likely to be successful in school if they feel safe while they're there, and we think this is a really important step."

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That's Governor Markell talking about one of the many reasons the Emergency Response Information Portal (ERIP) will be used in Delaware.

The web-based portal will outline safety protocols for various emergency incidents, identify school safety teams, and as Laurel Superintendent John Ewald explains building plans, site maps and interior photos.

"E-RIP allows emergency personnel, fire and rescue personnel to look at their smart phones, or iPad or laptop and see the uniqueness of one of our buildings, the interior pictures of one of our buildings in the event of an active shooter, in the event of a terrible fire," explains Ewald.

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Officials hope ERIP will be up and running in all state public and charter school in the summer of 2014.

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