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Upstate School Uses NASCAR Radio Technology To Rev Up Security

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SafeCeivers are similar to what race car fans use to listen to drivers interact with their pit crews. SafeCeivers are similar to what race car fans use to listen to drivers interact with their pit crews.
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

A simple gadget used by fans of NASCAR is the newest tool for school administrators.

“We know in cases of emergency that every second matters,” says E.B. Morse Elementary School Principal Ameca Thomas.

Laurens County School District 55 is one of three Upstate school districts using one-way radios and receivers in the classroom to enhance security.

The old method of alerting staff of a crisis situation would be done over the school’s PA system.

Teachers would know how to react by what code word or phrase was said.

“This could get confusing,” says Thomas. “Teachers have a lot to think about and a lot to remember."

When Thomas learned about Safeceiver a few months ago, she knew it would help staff respond better in the midst of a disaster.

Teachers at E.B. Morse Elementary were each given their own classroom SafeCeiver this week.

“It definitely makes me feel safer. With the SafeCeiver, it allows us to know what is going on and to be prepared for what we have to do next,” said teacher Kela Davis.

Now that every teacher has a Safeceiver, if something were to happen – staff would be alerted to plug-in their SafeCeiver and officials could relay details all at once.

What makes this different from ordinary walkie-talkies is that only a single person can give out information; those with the receivers just listen.

Teachers will carry their SafeCeiver and bag that contains a first aid kit, student roster and emergency contact information for each child.

Staff at E.B. Morse Elementary believe knowledge is power, and knowing what is going on, especially in a disaster can save lives.

To learn more about SafeCeivers, click here.

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