What Is Alyssa’s Law?
Alyssa’s Law is legislation aimed at improving law enforcement response time during emergencies in public schools. The law requires all public schools to be equipped with silent panic alarms that are directly linked to and notify local law enforcement, allowing them to get to the scene as quickly as possible, address the threat, and offer aid to victims.
Alyssa’s Law Requirements
The exact requirements currently vary from state to state, but fundamentally, the law requires all public elementary and secondary school buildings to be equipped with a silent panic alarm directly connected to local law enforcement.
According to New Jersey’s version of Alyssa’s Law:
“Panic alarm” means a silent security system signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring a response from law enforcement.
for use in a school security emergency including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation.
…it should not be audible in the school building.
The laws typically also require all buildings on a public school campus to remain compliant with their own silent panic buttons.
Where Is Alyssa’s Law In Effect?
Alyssa’s Law was first implemented in New Jersey on February 6, 2019. Since then, Alyssa’s Law has also been passed in Florida, New York, Tennessee, and Texas.
Alyssa’s Law has been introduced in Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, and Virginia, and at the federal level.
Visit the Make Our Schools Safe website for more information on to-date legislation for Alyssa’s Law.
Make Sure Your Facility is Ready
Public schools nationwide are likely to need silent alarms in the next few years as regulations are enacted.
We recommend that you talk with your alarm or telephone system installers soon to best prepare.
Explore solutions that work best for your current system.
Silent alarm buttons like the Viking PB-3 are compliant with regulations that are being passed today.
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Current federal and state-by-state legislation is listed below: