Are the Children in Your School Safe?

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Yes. Could they be safer? Yes.

What Can Your School Do? Predict.Plan.Perform.®

Predict. Conduct a detailed threat and vulnerability analysis—a Risk Assessment. Do you know your operational and security risks? Do you have a threat assessment process that meets best practices?

Plan. Develop emergency response, crisis management and communications, reunification, and security plans. Have all of your school violence plans been integrated with your visitor, human resource hiring/termination, and threat assessment policies?

Does your school have appropriate response protocols–lock-down, lock-out, shelter and evacuation procedures?

Perform. Train and test plans. Does your school have response protocols in place that have been drilled and practiced with first responders? Is your reunification plan actionable?

What Should Your School Do Now?

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Every member of the school community wants to know that students, faculty and staff will be safe at your school. While most schools have thought about natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, and human-induced threats, such as school violence and sexual abuse, new threats appear each year. With the rise in social media threats, like cyber bullying and sexting, as well as new forms of communicable illness, it is necessary that schools be continually updating their plans. Learn More:

Call Firestorm®, the nation’s leader in school preparedness. 770-643-1114. We can help your school build a resilient environment where everyone understands what can go wrong and what can be done in response.  Hardening the physical environment and utilizing security equipment, technology and notification tools augment the solution, but in the end, all outcomes hinge on human beings and their actions.

Firestorm® Is The Nation’s Leading Expert In School Safety and Preparedness

Firestorm is currently engaged to help keep hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of students safer. Firestorm principals and Expert Council members have the strongest credentials in the school safety industry. They have responded to some of the nation’s greatest school tragedies—including Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Platte Canyon. Firestorm’s crisis response experience extends beyond school shootings and includes incidents of: sex abuse, suicide, bullying, hazing, employee/student/domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, drowning, child pornography allegations.

The main take away from all of these tragic events is that there is no single solution to prevention or mitigation. Only through the implementation of a preparedness program, that incorporates assessment, planning, training, and testing, along with the use of equipment, technology and most importantly, human resources, is there the greatest potential to make a difference in the outcome.

Firestorm is a national leader in crisis management consulting and crisis management response.  Firestorm was on scene at Virginia Tech, and is currently engaged to help keep hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of students safer.

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Firestorm’s School Workplace Violence Prevention Team includes Firestorm principals who have significant experience developing emergency response, crisis management, security and workplace violence plans for K-12 (public and private) as well as higher education institutions throughout the country. They have responded to:  school shootings, sex abuse, suicides, bullying, sexual harassment, cyber-bullying, hazing, employee-on-employee and student-on-student violence, domestic violence spilling over into the school setting, and child pornography.

Firestorm principals and Expert Council members include some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the country on the topic of school and workplace violence, forensic and clinical psychology, threat assessment, security, safety and trauma. Their experience is hands-on, and the lessons-learned that are shared are based on real life experiences handled by these experts. They include team members who led or participated in the response at Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Platte Canyon, Youth With A Mission,  Deer Creek,  Beslan. They all stand ready to assist at a moment’s notice.

Firestorm can be reached at:  770-643-1114


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