Steve Bellone At Active Shooter App News Conference

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Suffolk County Touts New App To Warn Of Active Shooters, Other Emergencies

July 23, 2018 - 1:26 pm

KINGS PARK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A new cellphone app is now available to all schools, public and private, in Suffolk County in case of an active shooter and other emergency.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Monday, the Rave app has a number of buttons that staff members would hold down and authorities would be called. On the top of the app in the color orange are the words, “active shooter.”

Active Shooter App
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the app is available to all schools, public and private, along with libraries and colleges. It could be used for a school shooting situation or a medical emergency such as an overdose.

“We are going to do everything that we can in Suffolk County, in partnership with our schools, to keep our kids safe,” Bellone said.

Jack Degnan, 18, said going to high school in Kings Park and starting in September at Suffolk County Community College, the thought of a school shooting does cross his mind.

“When we did hear about one happening, I would see it on my phone or on social media, and I would think, like, wow, what if this was our school, you know? It could have easily been us,” he said.

The app can be downloaded on any private cellphone of staff members, such as teachers, principals, and even cafeteria workers. It is available to all schools – including colleges – as well as libraries.

Some districts have already signed up,  including Kings Park and the Central Islip School District.