Last year at this time, the Newtown, CT tragedy was national news. SIAC weighed in, supporting extra security measures for schools, and advocating that our industry get more engaged in helping schools protect their students.
Since then, we’ve heard good stories about companies donating free security services to schools. One program in particular, “Operation Security Blanket,” shows how we as an industry can do the right thing. You can read the attached Honeywell bog from David Morris, President of Modern Systems, Inc., an authorized First Alert Professional dealer with offices in Somerset, Lexington and Bowling Green, KY: http://blogs.honeywellsecurity.com/2013/03/operation-security-blanket/.
Morris outlines how Newtown affected and motivated him to take action. He took personal responsibility, and his company installed panic alarm systems in 28 schools in Pulaski County, KY, at absolutely no cost for equipment or monitoring. In the Honeywell blog from Morris, you can read more about how the program and security systems work. It’s something companies can emulate in other communities across the U.S.
What Morris’s contribution demonstrates is how doing the right thing can be accomplished simply and quickly. Not every company can donate free services to multiple clients. But every company can do a little bit to help better protect our children in an environment where they should ALWAYS feel safe and secure. SIAC salutes Mr. Morris and Modern Systems for taking action, and Honeywell for helping to publicize their efforts.