School Shootings are Disturbing
Since 2000, there have been more than 188 shootings at schools and universities alone in the United States, resulting in more than 200 deaths.
17 Dead in just 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds
In February 2018, a shooter gunned down 14 students and 3 staff members of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. The devastating attack lasted only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This shows how every second counts when it comes to dealing with an active school shooter.
If We Can’t Prevent School Shootings, Let’s at Least Prevent Fatalities
The school shooting epidemic is getting worse because people in power can’t agree on what to do. At this rate, school shootings will continue until they become the norm – if they aren’t already.
We too are powerless to stop school shootings. However, we aren’t powerless when it comes to saving the lives of potential victims. We have gathered the brightest minds in the United States to create a cutting-edge active shooter alert and response system that we strive to install for free on every school in the country, starting with 30 impacted schools.
We are Meerkat
We’re a non-profit composed of creative technologists, former CIA officers, parents, educators, and security company veterans united by a single focus: putting a stop to school shooting casualties.
When an Active Shooter Strikes,
We Use Technology to Give People Time.
1. Police & S.W.A.T. are immediately dispatched.
No more waiting for anyone to call 911 or to determine if there is an active shooter to initiate a lockdown.
2. Lockdown is instant.
Teachers and administrators can instantly implement a predefined emergency response plan.
3. Smart lockdown is engaged.
We use technology to create custom response plans including silent alert, voice evacuation, smart door lock, and intelligent evacuation map.
4. First responders get eyes and ears.
We transmit real-time HD audio and video with night vision so authorities have an advantage over the shooter.
5. Authorities can talk with those inside.
We enable authorities to speak directly to individual locations to coordinate the evacuation.
6. Shots are identified and mapped.
We pinpoint shot locations, enabling an optimal tactical response.
7. Smart notifications are sent.
Parents can be notified (phone, SMS) about specific rendezvous points, making sure no one clogs access for first responders. Cell phones in the schools can be notified and updated as well.
8. Reduce false alarms.
Automatic shot detection combined with manual alarms for teachers and staff prevents false/prank alerts.
But We CAN Prevent School Shooting Deaths
HELP US DONATE MEERKAT TO 30 IMPACTED SCHOOLS
We are rallying together to donate Meerkat to the 30 schools that have experienced an active shooter since Columbine. To get it done, we are partnering with students, parents, law enforcement, and the leading installer of fire alarms in schools in the country--the same group that upgraded Sandy Hook's systems. But we need your help.
Since creating an official charity takes time, we have partnered with Veterans Empowerment Trust, an official 501(c)3 charity, to manage funds. The Meerkat Team will be responsible for withdrawing the funds and sending them to VET outside of GoFundMe.
We are raising money to install the first Meerkat systems and take a step toward actions, not words. Practical solutions are needed now more than ever to help schools, parents, and first responders and save precious time in the event of a school shooting.
The Meerkat Team
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