By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press

When emergencies happen, the sooner police, firefighters and paramedics can arrive, the more likely it is that lives can be saved.

That’s the maxim underlying a growing movement to make digital maps of schools across the U.S.

Though schools have often shared floor plans of their buildings with local emergency entities, many have not been digital, nor very detailed. And their accuracy has faded as facilities get renovated and expanded.

The movement toward digital maps has gained steam following school shootings. The maps are intended to provide an easily understood picture of campus details that emergency responders from multiple agencies can access simultaneously. The goal is to improve coordination — and get help more quickly to the people who need it.

More information here. US–School Safety-Digital Maps | AP Newsroom