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While future events may dictate changes in areas requiring security, safety and preparedness attention, there are certain specific points where school officials may want to focus their efforts. These are not limited to the mitigation and preparedness for traditional natural hazards and disasters, but need to also include prevention and preparedness for manmade and technological incidents, such as HAZMAT incidents, or a cyber-attack, as well as, bomb threats, acts of violent extremism and terrorism. In fact, good safety and emergency preparedness measures designed to reduce the effects of a natural disaster often have much in common with those efforts designed to reduce the risks associated with accidents in general, typical acts of violence, mass contamination incidents, and other types of mass casualty incidents.

Evaluating staff/student training (knowing what to do), immediate on-site medical response abilities, communication capabilities, life sustainability factors (water, food, sanitation), access control, security hardware, and the effectiveness of your school’s First Responder partnerships, can go a long way to prepare, secure and target harden your school.

Regularly reviewing and updating your Emergency Operations Plans to see how solid existing protocols are to handle lockdowns, bomb threats, major acts of violence, shelter-in-place and/or evacuation procedures is a major step in the right direction. There is no need to develop new emergency plans for new and developing threats. The focus should be on making sure you existing plan in a solid one, and on developing annexes when you ascertain a weakness or area that needs focus. Your plan should be an “All Hazards Plan”, with annexes addressing specific incidents or crises.

Our response to a new dimension that poses new threats should be practical and deliberate. The effective efforts to reduce and respond to new threats to the school environment should be directly tied to our traditional preparedness, safety and security planning.

Focus on the basics. First.
Adapted from:
Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School
Authors: Michael Dorn and Chris Dorn (2005)
Safe Havens International, Inc.

Be Ready Schools focuses on preparing students and schools for potential emergencies and disasters. This preparation includes the most essential elements including a plan and emergency supplies.

Be Ready Schools also provides you with information about the natural hazards we have in Utah so you can be informed about the potential risks and dangers involved with each one.

Be Ready Schools also has information on how you can volunteer and share your desire to help others be ready.

Emergencies and disasters can strike at unexpected moments and it's important to take the time now to do some simple things that will help ensure your school is prepared for any type of emergency.

What Would You Do?
Surviving an Active Shooter - Los Angeles County Sheriff