SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB) – Less than two weeks after the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, KTAB News is digging deeper to find out how Big Country schools are working to keep students safe.

Sweetwater ISD began using an app called ‘Crisis Go’ at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester. The app is free and users can create ‘circles’ including that can include a single campus, the entire district and even first responders. If there is an emergency, big or small, a user can press the ‘panic’ to the circle that needs to be alerted and a siren will sound on each users smart phone.

“The Crisis Go app creates a campus culture of safety,” Executive Director of Technology for SISD Mike Marlett says. “We’re on the lookout for things that are unusual or things that may be potential threats to the campus and to our students.”

Marlett says says the app works in the event of an active shooter, fire, missing child, and various other emergencies.

“It may be difficult to find a book somewhere that says I need to do 1, 2, 3, but they have that right there on their phone, it’s more immediate,” he says.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the app will include a ‘report a bullying situation’ option for students.