BOSTON, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Aftermath of Tragedy
The unspeakable event at Sandy Hook Elementary has left communities around the world concerned with the safety of their schools and children. Below is a 10 point checklist that may help school administrators evaluate the current state of their security programs.
The full checklist along with additional information can be found on the TSG Solutions website at www.tsgsinc.com.
Check 1: Review Emergency Response Plans
The emergency response plan should be an all hazards plan with a section focused on active shooter.
Check 2: Evaluate Security Policies and Procedures - Specifically Access Control and Visitor Management
Review your security policies and procedures to ensure they are up-to-date, understood by all personnel and followed
Check 3: Check Physical Security Systems
Vehicle barrier, fences, doors, locks, electronic access control, video security, duress alarms, hallway doors, and class room doors are all elements of the physical security program.
Check 4: Assemble a Behavioral Assessment and Management Team
A team should be assembled to identify individuals that may pose a threat to themselves or other.
Check 5: Familiarize First Responders with the School
Tabletop exercises should be scheduled and response to events such as fire, active shooter, and medical emergencies should be rehearsed.
Check 6: Room Preparedness
Room specific evacuation and shelter in place plans should be developed.
Check 7: Discuss Plans with Teachers
Plans and procedures should be discussed with teachers and they should be trained on how to respond to multiple emergencies to include active shooter.
Check 8: Conduct a Risk Assessment
An all-hazards risk assessment should be conducted for each school and updated annually.
Check 9: Prepare for Recovery
Not all events can be prevented; therefore it is best to have plans to recover from emotional difficult situations.
Check 10: Communicate with Parents
Having good security, plans, systems, policies and procedures in place is reassuring to parents and other stakeholders. Preparedness efforts should be shared with parents.
About the author: Daniel M. O'Neill has been a security consultant for over 15 years. He is a former Captain in the United States Army and a Harvard Business School graduate.
About TSG Solutions: TSG Solutions, Inc., is dedicated to providing services and solutions that enhance customer safety, security and their ability to respond in times of crisis.
SOURCE TSG Solutions, Inc.