Are you attending the 2016 RenWeb Power Conference in Miami, Florida? This year’s conference will be held from July 11-14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.
Firestorm President/COO/Co-Founder, Jim Satterfield will be attending the conference and presenting four sessions focused on the theme of 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.
Attendees to the Firestorm sessions will receive a one year license for the Firestorm Behavioral Risk and Threat Assessment Program (BeRThA®) at no cost.
The four sessions are as follows:
Active Shooter – How do we stop the madness?
While there are historic statistics around school/workplace violence, restating them will not solve the violence problems. This session will focus on the human element solutions.
Whether workplace violence stems from a current or former student or employee, an unknown assailant, or an employee’s spouse, many incidents are foreseeable and/or preventable. Too often, management is untrained and ill-equipped to recognize a developing situation, and therefore is unable to take appropriate action.
The session will address actionable steps to take now:
- Behavioral Risk and Threat Assessment Program Components
- Predictive Intelligence Network Design
- Case Study Analysis of Violence Behaviors
Sexting & Bullying Test Exercise – How do you recognize and address behaviors of concern?
Studies show that young men repeatedly exposed to pornography are more likely to objectify women, and young women who view pornography are more likely to self-objectify and tolerate sexual harassment from men.
Sexting has serious consequences not only for the person taking and sending the photos, but also for the person on the receiving end. Schools must have a plan for when sexting occurs. School leadership and teams must consider the emotional consequences of sexting and the legal ramifications as well.
In this exercise, we will simulate an event and encourage dialogue related to the emotional and legal consequences of sexting, such as:
- Embarrassment and humiliation
- End of friendships
- Guilt and shame
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Exposure to adult, sexual predators
- Criminal or other charges for child pornography
- Sex offender registry
- Parental exposure to legal consequences
- Children and Family Services involvement
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.
Intelligence Network Exercise – How do you know what you don’t know?
Social media is not random, it is targeted. There are threats and risks you can identify before they become crises, if you listen and look. People know things – and when they know, they talk. Today, people talk on social media. Initial threats or risk behaviors are frequently shared or observed on social media. What happens tomorrow is on social media today.
Registration and Conference details:
- Regular Registration: February 16 – May 31, 2016. Regular registration fee: $425.
- Late Registration: June 1, 2016 or later. Late registration fee: $475.
- Register here
- Conference Schedule