Meeting First Responders ─ Make it a Regular Practice

Campus officials should make it a standard practice to have someone meet emergency responders as they enter the campus. This simple practice can shave precious minutes off of response times.

A simple yet critical technique is for campus officials to meet emergency responders as they arrive on campus for emergency calls.  Making this a regular practice for routine non-emergency situations can help ingrain a good habit that could be especially important in life and death emergency situations.  While this has been a practice in many K-20 campus organizations for several decades, we still encounter situations where particular campus organizations have not implemented this simple yet critical life-saving technique and felt it was worth mention here.

We are most grateful for your service and dedication to the safety of others.  Please do your best to have a most enjoyable day.


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About the Author


Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a global non profit campus safety center. During his 30 year campus safety career, Michael has served as a university police officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He served as a school system police chief for ten years before being appointed the lead expert for the nation's largest state government K-20 school safety center. The author of 25 books on school safety, his work has taken him to Central America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Michael welcomes comments, questions or requests for clarification at Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety magazine.

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