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School Panic Buttons: The Fastest Way to Respond to Emergencies

In case of emergencies, time is of the essence. Every second counts. School panic buttons are essential tools for alerting first responders in case of an emergency situation. Monarch offers cutting-edge security solutions that include panic buttons to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and faculty members.

With Verkada’s state-of-the-art panic buttons, you can alert authorities immediately, with just the touch of a button. Learn how you can implement this critical security feature in your school by contacting the security experts at Monarch today!

Benefits of School Panic Buttons

Clasroom locked up after school panic button pressed by principal

School panic buttons are a critical tool in ensuring the safety of students and staff in emergency situations. Consider the following benefits:

  • Immediate Alert: Panic buttons can quickly and easily trigger an alarm that notifies school administrators, and first responders optionally, in real-time.
  • Reduced Response Time: Panic buttons can help reduce response time by immediately alerting emergency services to a situation on school grounds.
  • Discreet Activation: Panic buttons can be activated discreetly, without alerting potential intruders, which can help prevent further harm.
  • Situational Awareness: Integration with Verkada’s ecosystem for visual context during emergencies enables administrators to fully understand the emergency situation

By working with Monarch’s security experts, schools can create a tailored security solution that includes panic buttons to ensure the safety of all individuals on campus.

Security Threats Faced by Schools

School corridor with panic button

Schools face a range of security threats that can put students, staff, and faculty at risk. Here are some of the most common security threats that necessitate school panic buttons:

  • Active shooters: Unfortunately, school shootings have become more frequent in recent years, and they pose a serious threat to everyone on campus.
  • Medical emergencies: In addition to violent incidents, schools also need to be prepared for medical emergencies.
  • Natural disasters: Depending on the location of the school, natural disasters can pose a significant threat to the safety of students and staff. Panic buttons can be used to initiate an emergency response and help ensure that everyone is accounted for.

These security threats highlight the importance of implementing effective security measures, such as panic buttons, to ensure the safety and well-being of students, teachers, and staff.


Why Verkada?

Verkada Alarms family including school panic button

Verkada security solutions for schools stand out from traditional surveillance systems because they are designed to be user-friendly, scalable, and flexible all while providing enterprise-grade security.

  • Solid-state Storage (SSD)
  • Simple Plug-and-Play Install
  • Time lapse
  • Floor Plan
  • Regular, Automatic Software Updates
  • Remote Access 24/7
Limitlessly Smart
  • AI-Based Video Analytics
  • Smart Filter
  • Live Alerts
  • Shareable Live Feeds
  • 10-Year Warranty
  • Unlimited Storage on Camera and Cloud
  • Unlimited Users Allowed
  • Infinitely Scalable

Shop School Panic Buttons for Enhanced Safety

Verkada’s BR33 Wireless Panic Button is a critical component of any school security system, providing immediate and discreet assistance at the touch of a button. This customizable panic button can be worn on a lanyard or mounted on a wall or desk.

Moreover, it integrates natively with Verkada’s ecosystem to provide visual context and trigger appropriate responses. With an optional immediate police dispatch, the panic button is a powerful tool to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe.

Using the School Panic Button

In order to use the Wireless Panic Button, you’ll have to purchase an Alarms license that comes with round-the-clock professional monitoring. Additionally, you will need a BH61 Wireless Alarm Hub and Hub license.

One single Wireless Alarm Hub can maintain up to 50 wireless sensors. These wireless sensors include panic buttons, motion, door contact, glass break, and water leak sensors. The Wireless Hub has a line-of-site range of up to 1000 feet. When pressed, a portable wireless school panic button will automatically pair with the closest Hub and send a signal.

Features of Verkada’s School Panic Button

School panic button by Verkada

Verkada’s BR33 Wireless Panic Button is a critical component of any school security system, allowing immediate and discreet calling for help in the event of an emergency. Here are some of its key features:

  • Completely customizable: Choose from different button press options to reduce false alarms, and wear the button on a lanyard or mount it on a wall or desk.
  • Natively integrates with Verkada ecosystem: Associate camera feeds with a specific panic button for visual context, decide who will be notified and whether emergency services should be contacted directly, and trigger other security measures like door lockdown or alarm signaling.
  • Easy to set up: Panic buttons pair automatically with the Wireless Alarm Hub and can be easily managed in the Command cloud dashboard.
  • Built to last: Get notified if a panic button goes offline or has low battery, and enjoy a 5-year battery life and 10-year warranty.
  • Optional immediate police dispatch: With Monarch’s professional monitoring service, the panic button can trigger an immediate dispatch of emergency services.

The Lock Down Feature

Customize responses of school panic button on Command platform

By pairing Verkada’s Wireless Panic button with Access Control devices, you can quickly initiate lockdown scenarios and response protocols. Additionally, you can activate lockdowns with a single tap on Command web or mobile or the Verkada Pass app. Moreover Verkada’s powerful, integrated platform enables you to resolve emergency scenarios more quickly by running emergency roll call reports, sharing live video feeds, and remotely unlocking doors for emergency responders.

How The Lockdown Function Operates: 
  1. Set up your organization’s lockdown capabilities and scenarios. Any number of lockdown procedures can be created to ensure the safety of your school.
  2. Utilize Verkada’s integrated security platform to keep an eye on the school environment.
  3. From any device, activate lockdown scenarios with a single tap. Administrators have the ability to define which user groups can release and activate a lockdown scenario.
  4. Remain informed and handle situations safely.

Lockdown features are included free of charge with every Verkada Access Control door license.

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Students in classroom - safer education with school panic buttons

Frequently Asked Questions – School Panic Buttons

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What is a panic button?

A panic button is a small device that allows you to immediately call for help in case of an emergency. Verkada’s school panic button is wireless and can be worn on a lanyard or mounted on a wall or desk.

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How does Verkada’s panic button work?

Verkada’s panic button pairs wirelessly with the BH61 Wireless Alarm Hub and can be customized to trigger different actions, such as sounding an alarm or locking doors. The panic button also integrates natively with the Verkada ecosystem, allowing you to associate specific camera feeds with a button for visual context.

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What happens when the panic button is pressed?

When the panic button is pressed, it triggers an alarm and can send notifications to designated individuals or emergency services. Depending on how it is set up, it can also trigger other actions, such as locking doors or turning on an alarm signaling device.

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How long does the battery last on Verkada’s panic button?

The panic button has a battery life of up to 5 years and will notify you if it goes offline or reports low battery.

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Does Verkada offer any professional monitoring services with its panic button?

Yes, Verkada offers built-in 24/7 professional monitoring with its panic button, as well as the option for immediate police dispatch. The Alarms with Professional Monitoring is needed for this feature.

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Is the panic button easy to set up?

Yes, the panic button is easy to set up and manage through the Command cloud dashboard, even on the go.

Safer Schools with Panic Buttons for Emergencies

School panic buttons are an essential component of any comprehensive school security system. They provide an immediate and discreet way to call for help in emergency situations, including active shooter scenarios, medical emergencies, or assaults.

Verkada’s BR33 Wireless Panic Button is a powerful tool that integrates seamlessly with Verkada’s ecosystem, including camera feeds and mobile applications. With customizable features, easy setup, and long battery life, Verkada’s school panic buttons are a reliable and effective solution for ensuring the safety and security of students, teachers, and staff.

At Monarch, we help schools implement and customize this technology to meet their specific needs. Learn more by contacting our security experts today!