A True Story of Community and Team Spirit

Jason Lutz by Jason Lutz | 12.12.2013
Team Spirit Modern Systems

Working with first responders and school officials, David Morris is making schools safer for his community.

Strong relationships within a community are built when groups come together for the same goal. After the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, David Morris, owner of Modern Systems, Inc. and a First Alert Professional dealer, was inspired to design a security solution to make schools in his community safer. In that moment, Operation Security Blanket was born.

David knew that the best way to protect his community was to ensure he, as an alarm professional, identified the right people for his team. Within three weeks, David had partnered with school administrators, community first responders and local authorities to develop a school emergency plan for all 27 schools in his county. Modern Systems donated panic alarms to each school as well as a Honeywell Total Connect notification system and then connected them to the local first responders’ network. David’s goal of Operation Security Blanket was to make students and staff feel safer and give local authorities the extra time they need to respond should an emergency arise. Now, if a panic button in any school is activated, Honeywell Total Connect triggers a notification text to school faculty and local authorities so that the facility can be quickly locked down. To learn more about the impact of this program on David’s community, watch the short video below.

If YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.

Operation Security Blanket came in the shadow of a very sad incident in our history, but inspired a community to come together. This story shows that with the help of first responders, every day alarm systems protect lives and property from fire, burglary, carbon monoxide and panic situations. As we enjoy this holiday season, be sure to thank the first responders in your community for everything they do. I also challenge you to thank them for all that they do for our industry. A good place to start is at SIAC.

Have a Great and Safe Holiday Season and Happy Selling in 2014!

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  1. Nick Markowitz jr. 12.12.2013/7:51 pm

    I have used original Total Connect email output on Holy Family Institute campus in Pittsburgh before TC2 came out with emails to staff when fire alarm, AED, panics etc. activated and TC2 lets you take it to the next level I have been using it at Family Life Media in Kittaning Pa. as well to notify staff of problems at the 2 Radio and 1 low power TV station transmitter sites to warn of problems within facility Where I assist with station Engineering tasks and works like a mini mass notification system with very good results . Good to see other dealers thinking outside the box as well and putting total connect to excellent uses.

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