Private, Small Schools Benefit from Emergency Response Agreements

Take time to make arrangements now.

There have been many instances where one or more school systems and/or non-public schools have banded together to form regional emergency response approaches. This can be particularly effective for non-public schools and small rural school systems lacking resources, such as school buses or mental health personnel that might be needed on a short notice in greater numbers than would be the case in a mass casualty event. 

While there are such resources available from outside the region, the time to have them on the ground and the time it takes to coordinate them can be longer than ideal without adequate pre-planning. Taking the time to look around the region for partner organizations like your own can be an incredibly productive effort.

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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 mike@weakfish.org. 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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