The 2017 NCAIS (North Carolina Association of Independent Schools) Business Officers Conference will convene from January 10-12, 2017.
Firestorm President, Jim Satterfield, will present two sessions at this year’s conference.
Session One: Active Shooter – How do we stop the madness?
Everyday there is a school in crisis. How they respond to that crisis in the first minutes, hours and days will determine whether the situation turns out to be a disruption or a catastrophe. During a crisis, seconds count. Actions and words matter. Organizations feel an overwhelming compulsion to act and speak. Very often, these initial inclinations are wrong, and result in additional exposure and liability.
Every Crisis is a Human Crisis. While Firestorm® uses this phrase to focus the impacts of disasters, crises, and violence on people, it also applies to understanding the likelihood and immediacy of events. Whether violence or cyber-bullying, there are warning signs and indicators. Missing recognition of behaviors of concern or failing to listen to what is being said empowers escalation to violence. Knowing before the gun comes to school is a critical intelligence planning responsibility for every school. The earlier a problem is detected, the less impact it will have.
It should be the aim of every school to create a culture where safety from violence is a common goal of both teachers and school leadership. To achieve such a culture, warning signs must be recognized and understood; everyone must know how to report behaviors of concern; there must be procedures in place to investigate when there are concerns; and trained school employees must know when to conduct a behavioral risk assessment and have the necessary resources in place to do so.
Crisis STOP is a no cost service which Firestorm provides to support NCAIS ember schools. Firestorm will provide up to one hour of crisis management assistance for your school. This initial consultation slows the process, controls panic, identifies the immediate concerns, provides direction, and lays the foundation for appropriate consequence management.
Attendees to the Firestorm session will receive a one year license for the Firestorm Behavioral Risk and Threat Assessment Program (BeRThA®) at no cost.
Session Two: Benchmark Your Plan – Preparedness/Personal Plan Review Session – How do we know if we are ready?
BRING YOUR PLAN – THE GROUP WILL REVIEW & ANALYZE STRENGTHS AND GAPS. Verify that your program meets best practices and standards. Discover the gaps in your plans before issues occur. The analysis results in the identification of specific enhancements for: leadership requirements, decision processes, command and control operations, emergency response, procedures, streamlined communication techniques and facility/equipment upgrades.
Preparedness is a continuous improvement process. You will learn a high-level DIY Benchmark process. Your school community looks to your school leadership to understand what needs to be done to assure that your students are safe. Unless your plans are aligned to best practices, actionable, documented, trained, and tested, your program will fail.
*Registration closes on Friday, January 6, 2017
NCAIS, established in 1970, has been serving independent schools in North Carolina for over 40 years. NCAIS services and benefits include professional networking, advocacy initiatives, legislative oversight, professional development, an interactive website, research and statistics, resources and referral, and VISnet (Virtual Independent School Network). NCAIS members represent a wide variety of school types, sizes, and geographic locations and all adhere to the highest standards in accreditation.