In selecting Hour-Zero your school district is assured of having an effective emergency response program that is built on ability, confidence and trust.

Why Hour-Zero

Here are just some of the reasons to choose Hour-Zero to help you create a culture of preparedness.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose HZ1. K-12 SCHOOL DEDICATION - REALLY!

Quite simply, we only work with K-12 schools – not colleges and universities, not hospitals or shopping malls – just K-12 schools. Hour-Zero was created by individuals who have worked for school districts and understand the challenges of creating and maintaining an emergency program that is practical, effective and affordable for K-12 schools. We bring you the lessons learned of all industries but keep our focus on schools. We know you are unique and believe you deserve all of our attention.

2. COMPLETE SOLUTION.

We provide you with a complete solution. Four phases - check. ICS - check. Web Application - check. Digital mapping - check. Training - check. Crisis Communications - check. Equipment and Supplies - check. First Responder involvement - check. You get the idea. When you examine the entire list of things you need to have a complete program, you'll see you can put a checkmark next to Hour-Zero on every item.

3. RESPONSIVE. TIMELY.

We pay attention to what matters. When Sandy Hook happened, within 60 minutes we had created new communications templates for our clients to help them address this specific tragedy. When the H1N1 pandemic erupted, we got resource materials to our clients even before their health agencies did. When a student was abducted by a pedophile, police used Hour-Zero resources to help resolve the situation. Our clients know they can count on us when things are happening.

4. BEST PRACTICES, STANDARDS AND LEGISLATION.

Keeping current and compliant takes a full time effort. That's why our clients know they can depend on us to ensure their program aligns to current best practices, complies with applicable standards such ICS, NIMS, NFPA1600/CSA 1600, and adheres to legislative requirements. We invest the time so you can be confident your program is solid.

5. EXPERIENCE.

For over a decade, Hour-Zero has been providing emergency preparedness services to K-12 schools. We have worked with small private schools to large urban districts across North America.

6. SIMPLE TO USE. EASY TO MAINTAIN.

HZ Online is simple to use – shockingly simple. And even easier to maintain. The application's intuitive navigation and user-friendly features pretty much render our detailed user guides shelf-ware. If you can click a mouse and type your name, you have the skills you need to use HZ Online.

7. MAPS. MAPS. MAPS.

Maps, floorplans, and digital imagery are critical components of your emergency plan. They capture the details of your school, identify evacuation routes, suitable spaces for lock-downs or shelter-in-place, and provide first responders with critical information even before they arrive on scene. And what's best of all you don't have to be a cartographer or CAD specialist to use Hour-Zero's mapTool. HZ mapTool lets you create or update your own emergency maps in minutes.

8. FLEXIBLE. SCALABLE.

One size doesn't fit all. We offer flexible program options to fit your needs and your budget. Whether you are single private school, large urban district or state/province – wide consortium, Hour-Zero program features and options will accommodate your needs.

9. LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.

Hour-Zero's extensive training library includes all the materials you need to put any disaster diva through their paces. With online learning, tabletop exercises, interactive workshops and great resources, your team will be ready for the performance of a lifetime.

10. YOUR PULSE ON THE PLAN.

Hour-Zero Online incorporates functionality that keeps your plan current. Automated reminders, annual checklists, fall primers, task assignments, yearly drill training schedules, trackable online training, and – the big one – compliance reporting – are just some of the built in features that help ensure your plan is easy to manage and always up-to-date.