As parents and children get their books and blazers ready to start off the new school year, The Academy of Notre Dame De Nours in Villanova hosted Homeland Security training for their faculty and staff.
The presentation featured remarks from DA Jack Whelan, Chief of Detectives Joe Ryan and Lt. Chris Flanagan with Radnor Township Police. The importance of communication before an event was stressed as the best way to prevent school threats. As experts in identifying at risk students, we need to also educate Teachers to use their talents to spot potential risks on and off campus.
Trusting Teachers to make the right call when their instincts tell them that “something is not right” is the cornerstone of school safety.
Recognizing that all school campuses should be ready for human threats, we spent 90 minutes going over suspicious activity indicators and ways to react to dangers.
One of the training elements I covered was what to expect when you have to call 911. Having practiced crisis communications skills before an emergency is critical to success. This audio recording from Sandy Hook, which is part of my training program, is both a learning resource for and a tribute to Teachers.
At the beginning of the school year is an excellent time to speak with your staff, co-workers, and employees about campus safety and what to do during an emergency.
This is also a good time to review, refresh and practice your security plans with your people.