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Campus Safety Weather Solution Buying Guide

You need to monitor heat and lightning for a safer campus. How can you do both effectively?

Did you know that last year was the second hottest year on record? This follows a trend of warmer weather that has spanned decades. This makes heat stress an ever-present threat for schools and athletic facilities trying to manage the heat. These increasingly common high temperatures join lightning and pop-up thunderstorms as some of the most dangerous weather threats to outdoor campus safety.

Are you prepared to face this year's severe weather challenges? 

This Campus Safety Weather Solution Buying Guide will provide an overview of the key policies and tools you need to step up your game when it comes to weather safety.

Key takeaways: 

  • Learn about the 3 key pillars to consider when building a weather safety policy 
  • Get an overview of monitoring and alerting technology options for severe weather events like lightning, heat, and severe thunderstorms
  • Find out the must-have features when building a comprehensive weather safety solution for your facility

Find out how to effectively protect your athletes, students, visitors, and staff from severe weather threats using the right weather technology.

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Table of Contents

  • Campus Safety & Weather Information

  • Weather Threats & Impacts on Campus

  • Developing a Weather Safety Policy with the Three Pillars

    • Pillar One: Analyze

    • Pillar Two: Plan

    • Pillar Three: Implement

  • Building the Ultimate Weather Safety Stack

    • Real-Time Storm Tracking
    • Localized Weather Forecasts
    • Customized Mobile Alerts
    • Outdoor Alerting Horn & Strobe
    • 24/7 Access to Meteorologists for Events
    • Personal Weather Command Center
    • Public Weather Display
    • Professionally-Managed Weather Equipment
  • Conclusion


Campus Safety & Weather Introduction

Safety has become a major focus on campus, and with good reason. As a place parents send their children to study, you are in loco parentis – or “in the place of a parent.” You’re responsible for the safety of your students from all dangers and that isn’t an easy responsibility.

It seems like every year there are new risks threatening your students, staff, visitors, and campus systems. While decreasing campus violence and protecting campus systems from cyberattacks are two of the more popular safety initiatives, one high-impact risk that often goes overlooked or under-funded is the weather.

Your students check the weather forecast daily to see what they should wear to class or if they’ll be able to study outside, but you need to check the weather for a far more important reason: Overall campus safety from weather threats. Both newsworthy and everyday weather events can have a profound impact on the overall safety of your athletic safety, overall campus resiliency, and planning activities.

If you don’t know anything about weather safety at outdoor facilities, this is a great place to start. Get ready to learn to build your campus safety weather policy from the ground up and how to implement an effective weather technology stack to make these processes automated, effective and second-nature at your university. The goal? Achieving a safe campus environment free from weather threats for your students, staff
and visitors, while having time to focus on other safety initiatives.

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Weather Threats and Impacts on Campus

The first step to creating a weather-safe campus or university is understanding what weather events can cause danger in the first place.

Weather presents a lot of problems to campuses around the U.S. It doesn’t matter if your campus is 5 square miles or 50: You still must know what weather events are coming and have the tools to protect your campus from them – even if it’s a multi-location school. Depending on your location, there are many dangerous and destructive weather events that affect your campus.

These include:

  1. Big severe weather events like hurricanes and cyclones
  2. Every day severe weather events like lightning, extreme cold, high winds and heat waves

Whether it’s a high-impact, low-frequency event like a tropical cyclone, or something more common like extreme heat, there are plenty of stakeholders affected. It can be overwhelming to think about all at-risk parties, so we like to break it up into three distinct operational groups:

  1. Athletic Safety 
  2. Campus Safety 
  3. Emergency Management

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