Posts Categorized: School Safety

Vulnerable Populations require special active shooter response planning and hands-on practice to be effective

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Vulnerable Populations are not immune to violence. Training needs to consider mobility, intellectual impairment, physical impairments and the needs of their caregivers when planning. I recently presented to a large group of organizational leaders who work with these groups on behalf of the Delaware County System of Care. Planners should focus specific action plans and […]

Does your front line staff know what “you” want them to do?

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Organizational Leaders spend many hours identifying the best set of emergency response guidelines for their people. These guidelines often come from the Department of Homeland Security, other federal law enforcement agencies, professional organizations and local public safety partners. One question I often hear from emergency planners is where they can find “written” instructions to include in […]

Threat Assessment for the Violent Student / Employee / Co-worker / Client

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Having a process to asses the “capability” of a person to act violent is critical. The process can not be arbitrary, the team untrained, or the “next steps” delayed. Another critical step is having actually “Practiced” conducting a threat assessment. Holding a table top exercise for your team with a trained facilitator can be that opportunity […]

“NEW TIMES CALL FOR NEW METHODS”

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When the founder of the Society of Mary, Rev. William Joseph Chaminade offered that thought 200 years ago, he was speaking about education reform during the French Revolution. Today, the Society of Mary is better known as the Marianists who operate Colleges and Universities across the world and have succeeded by never forgetting Rev. Chaminade’s […]

At your next Emergency Management Team meeting, ask “what if our back- up plans fail? Are we prepared to face that threat”?

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Having a back-up generator that sits behind your facility is a great idea; but what if a deliberate attack cripples your equipment? A recent low-tech attack on a power plant highlights the need to “What if…?” your emergency response plans. The Wall Street Journal covered the event extensively and the resulting investigation reveals the threat […]

Practicing with your Emergency Management Team during an Active Shooter drill

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Police, Fire and Emergency Medical personnel are often very eager to hold an Active Shooter drill at your facility. They can practice tactical maneuvers, they can learn building layouts and they can challenge their Command & Control capabilities. But, how does your Emergency Response/Management Team benefit from an Active Shooter drill? To answer that, you […]