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My kids love to go to school. I can remember well their first days at school, our excitement of those few first experiences followed by literally hundreds of other firsts as they learned new ideas and concepts. My wife Annie and I were thrilled with their education and how well all three of them did in school. Like most good parents, we also worried about them.
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For more than a decade I have had the chance to work with literally hundreds of fantastic and hardworking school administrators around the country. Inevitably the discussion turned to emergency planning, my realm of expertise. What always impressed me was the desire that they all had to learn better ways to protect their students. It is the same zeal that they show for new techniques to teach...
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This book is broken down into sections that match up with the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery followed by mitigation and preparedness again. In addition, there are sections that will help you to retain your newfound skillset as a successful incident manager. This is only the first page, so do not panic if you don’t know a thing about the...
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Section I
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In the beginning there was … well … nothing. Unlike the big bang, there will not suddenly be a document there for you to use or reference in an emergency if one doesn’t already exist. It will just be a blank page. Now all you need is to find the right words to fill the blank page! So, let’s start planning what those words will be. That’s right; we are entering the...
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Now that you have a decent grasp of the emergency cycle, let’s begin getting a grasp on what incident command is and how we can master the skills necessary to protect our staff and students. First, let’s look at the history of incident command and what the benefits are.
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There are a multitude of other agencies that can become very useful to you during an incident. The time to get to know these resources and how to contact them is not the day of an incident, but during your work in the mitigation phase. As you look at what you need or could use during an incident, look at what others provide that may be useful. Remember it is not a bad idea to have a list of...
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One of the most overlooked yet important aspects of incident command is communication. Often the difference between a successful incident response and a difficult or even failed response rests with your ability to effectively communicate. Every aspect of the process involves communication, and it is well worth the effort to preplan how your team will address those communications.
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Section IV
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So the emergency is finished. The fire trucks and police cars are gone, and the parents and their children are at home. The emergency is over right? Wrong! In fact, the last phase of the cycle can very well be the longest and most tedious. Recovery is the act of returning everything in the school to normalcy (or as close as we can get to “normal” in schools!). That encompasses many...
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Section V
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Welcome back, commander! We have reviewed all of the roles and responsibilities that you will have as an incident commander in your school as well as how to effectively manage your team. Now you are probably looking forward to a challenging tabletop exercise that will force you and your team to use all of your newfound skills and test your abilities to the fullest. Let’s jump right into your...
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The beginning of every shift for the fire or police department anywhere around the world starts with a roll call. It is where critical information about public safety is provided to the police officers and firefighters who are tasked with protecting our lives during their turn on the watch. Normally as educators you may start your day thinking about the next state testing cycle or where you are in...
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Anyone who writes books about school safety in this day and age must unfortunately include information about how to prepare yourself and your staff for the possibility of violence in or around your school. While it is a sad commentary on our society that the term “active shooter” has become a frequently heard phrase on the news involving students in schools, it is a reality and we...
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Brian N. Moore is the supervisor of Public Safety for the Red Clay Consolidated School District in Delaware. He has written multiple articles on school safety and emergency management for several national education journals. He has presented numerous workshops around the country to help districts and schools prepare for emergencies. In addition to having been a Reserve Police Officer, Brian...
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