What are emergency response maps and how does it work?
Emergency response maps, which we often refer to as Collaborative Response Graphics® (CRGs), combine a gridded reference system, high-resolution imagery, floor plans that are verified by a on-site walk through, and critical features to create accurate and real-life depictions of facilities and their surroundings. By providing law enforcement and first responders with crucial information, they enhance response time and help navigate the scene efficiently.
Why is an onsite walk-through essential for emergency response maps?
The only way to verify accuracy of a school map is to walk-through the entire site and make changes and updates as needed. Schools change every year – structurally, in the labeling of rooms, and in the locations of critical items like AEDs and cameras. Floor plans for the building are often not kept up with these changes. First responders describe location over the radio by what they see, so maps need to match the layout and labeling of the facility. Maps also need to capture how students and staff naturally talk about locations around the building – even if it is not on a sign on the wall or labeled on blueprints – as they will use this language when describing their location under stress. All this data can be only captured during an in-person site visit.
What criteria must the emergency response maps meet according to Texas House Bill 3?
According to Texas House Bill 3, emergency response maps must meet the following criteria:
- Accurate map of each district campus and school building that is developed and documented in accordance with the standards described by Section 37.351 related to developing site and floor plans, access control, and exterior door numbering
- Capability to conduct a walk-through of each district campus and school building using the map described by Subdivision (1)