Emergency Response Training :
Technical Guidance During Emergencies
Direct Support: School Districts will receive on scene assistance as part of the Incident Command and Support Staff providing logistical and functional advisement. Reporting directly to the Incident Commander, this service will not replace the Incident Commander but instead, will function as command support. This service is available 24/7 including weekends and holidays.
Indirect Support: Utilized when support is provided off site via phone or internet. Services include logistical planning, communicating with school employees, the community and police agencies.
After Incident Actions: Facilitate or attend post-incident debriefings or meetings.
Active Shooter Response Training
This powerful training provides participants with an opportunity to understand the ramifications of the choices that need to be made during an active shooter incident. Participants will be provided guidance for responding to an active shooter incident using current best practices. Participants will view a simulated event and will be given the opportunity to analyze the response of the reenactors. Question and Answer segment has proven to be extremely beneficial.
Bomb Threat Response Training
Provides staff who answer telephones with a general understanding of various types of response to communicated threats. Examples of explosive devices will be explored and role plays are essential in order to assist staff in how to properly receive and communicate a response to a possible life threatening situation.
Incident Command for Schools :
Structured Roles and the Integration of Support Teams
This training is designed to give administrators and all staff members a degree of comfort with the Incident Command Structure and NIMS. A flow chart for Incident Command will be supplied and the roles of each member of the team will be explained. It is recommended that all staff prepare for this training by taking the online FEMA course:
Incident Command Structure and the Roles of the Emergency Response Team Refresher Training is offered to reinforce the principles learned during this training.
Emergency Response Team Training
Review of roles and dynamics for district and building level teams. Team dynamics will be explored through discussion, role-playing activities and tabletop exercises.
Crisis Team (Mental Health) Training and Support
Review the roles and dynamics for district and building level teams. Define team roles and increase understanding of having a fully functional team for the prevention and response of critical incidents.
Gang Awareness Training
This course is designed to inform district administrators, building administrators and staff of the latest updates in gang activity. Participants will be given tools to help them to recognize signs of gang activity, and steps to take if they become aware of gangs in their schools and neighborhoods.
Drug Awareness Training
The participants will be given the latest information available on drug use in our schools. Updates will be provided on current trends. Participants will have the opportunity to view drug paraphernalia and examples of concealment methods. Examples will be given from the experiences of schools in the region.
Threat Assessment Training
This training prepares members of the district and building level threat assessment teams to perform threat assessments based upon FBI and Secret Service research and current best practices. Participants will review case studies and “real world” scenarios.
Threat Assessment Refresher Training is offered to reinforce the principles learned during this training.
This training heightens awareness and prepares staff to manage visitors and others who may be agitated. Staff will be given guidance about when to call for assistance. Role playing will be used to allow staff to achieve a level of comfort with handling of difficult visitors, staff and students.
De-escalation Refresher Training is offered to reinforce the principles learned during this training.
Situational Awareness Training
This training heightens staff awareness of the world around them at school, in public places and on field trips. Participants learn how to identify possible threats to schools and/or students and how to avoid becoming a victim. Role playing may be used to give participants a level of comfort with the principles taught in the class.
This training is specifically designed to introduce greeters and door monitors to emergency response and to their role as the initial contact point into the school building. They are given the tools to understand the protocols that the district has developed to control entrance to the building: including buzzer training, visitor identification, sign in protocols, and visitor badges. In addition, the training introduces the topics of de-escalation and situational awareness.
Greeter Monitor Refresher Training is offered to reinforce the principles learned during this training.
Playground/Cafeteria Monitor and Aide Training
This training is specifically designed to introduce playground/cafeteria monitors and aides to emergency response and their role in maintaining order and protecting the students in their care. They are given the tools to understand the protocols that the district has developed for the cafeteria and the playground. In addition, the training introduces the topics of de-escalation, situational awareness and bullying.
Playground/Cafeteria Monitor and Aide Refresher Training is offered to reinforce the principles learned during this training.
Tabletop exercises give an emergency response team the opportunity to practice the emergency response protocols as outlined in the Emergency Response Plans. Tabletop exercises are written specifically for the group requesting the exercise. The topic may be supplied by the requestor or may be determined by our department depending on the district/building administrator’s preference.
Topics may include but are not limited to: threats of violence, death, suicide, active shooter, intruder, bomb threat, chemical spill, weather emergency, or mass illness.