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Critical Issues in Campus Safety for K-12 Schools

Large-scale emergency incidents and disasters can occur anywhere, on any school campus. When they do, all eyes will fall on the Campus Emergency Team. As a responsible educator you will be critically evaluated on your preparedness and your schools’ ability to manage the crisis event.


This course can be taught in either four- or eight-hour formats and is designed to both refresh and train your Campus Emergency Management Team and to give them the tools that will enable them to manage a wide variety of emergency situations. The participants will be exposed to case studies and practical exercises that will allow them to apply the principles taught in class.


We will explore

  • What is a critical incident?

  • What have you done to prepare the community?

  • Have you developed an after-hours plan?

  • Why should you preplan for emergencies?

  • How do you work with local emergency responders?

  • How do you secure the school building and campus?

  • Who survives when disaster strikes and why?

  • How does the body respond to stress?


Topics covered include

  • Disasters

  • The concept of liability and lawsuits against educational institutions

  • Common points to disaster operations and major events in schools

  • Emergency equipment issues

  • Your campus rally points, relocation zones and reunification areas

  • Preplanning critical incident response

  • Emergency warning and notification systems

  • Crisis media relations

  • 4-step critical incident response plan

  • Concepts of unified command

  • Team-building

  • Creation of a logistics resource book for your campus or school district

  • Designing an emergency response with your staff and campus emergency management team

  • The school emergency box

  • The risk versus benefit analysis applied to critical incidents in schools

  • School campus evacuation issues

  • Role of the fire department

  • Major threats to schools and the procedures for each: hazardous materials, fire, earthquake, flood and gunman/violent intruder on campus