Guest Post: Eric Holdeman, Blogger for Emergency Management Magazine

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Planning, Preparing & Actively Working Toward Safer Schools

eric holdemanPlanning plays a key role in the preparedness process. All-hazards planning is the best avenue to take with some special precautions for specific hazards like a workplace violence event. With the unfortunate circumstances we are faced with these days, having written plans for how to handle an active shooter incident, to include lockdown procedures, is one key aspect; however, plans are not enough. School staff, including teachers, administrators and facility and support staff need to understand their roles. Orientation sessions for staff is critical so they understand the plan. After planning and preparing, announced and unannounced drills should be scheduled so both students and staff are familiar with how to react as safely as possible. Drills also provide “muscle” memory for everyone. These physical rehearsals with all people participating is a great way to provide a calm atmosphere when there is a dangerous incident ongoing. Read More