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MGT-417 - Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers

The purpose of this 2 day management/planning level course is to provide the operational-level details to support many of the topics covered in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents – Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems awareness-level course. Rural schools, law enforcement, other emergency responders, and community stakeholders are often limited in their access to resources, so it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate in planning, preparation, communication, response, and recovery in the event of a school-based incident. Moreover, these affected parties must come together to practice their interoperable skills through drills and exercises to ensure the strategies in place provide for an effective crisis response and collaborative recovery.

With the intent of building upon the foundation of the AWR 148 course and utilizing an all-hazards approach, this two-day course will provide content instruction, develop concept-specific skills, and provide opportunities for law enforcement, school personnel, and community stakeholders to collaboratively apply the course objectives in scenario-based applications.

Course Objectives

  • Apply key terms, including all-hazards, natural and man-made, as they relate to school-based or school-impacted disasters and/or crisis events.
  • Determine the components of an effective Emergency Operation Plans (EOP), noting deficiencies in reviewed plans.
  • Compare state/federal requirements to EOPs as well as other state initiatives pertaining to school safety (e.g., training requirements, safe school legislation, etc,).
  • Analyze recent developments in liability and negligence litigation that may impact planning and preparedness in schools and local agencies.
  • Determine the roles and responsibilities of school response teams as well as the desired characteristics of potential team members.
  • Develop procedures for the creation of effective teams, facilitating the collaboration required with other community stakeholders.
  • Discuss vulnerability assessments (VA).
  • Analyze the site survey process including other aspects of the environment that may impact safety beyond the facility itself, such as policy, procedures, and daily practices.
  • Illustrate the importance of cross-discipline vulnerability assessment teams and strategies for their creation, management, and communication.
  • Given various vulnerability scenarios, develop strategies for mitigation and prevention.
  • Discuss Threat Assessment Management (TAM).
  • Compare and contrast threat assessment and vulnerability assessment.
  • Analyze key findings from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education Safe School Initiative as well as recent factors indicated in current research.
  • Illustrate the importance of TAM team goals, roles, responsibilities, and procedures.
  • Compare and contrast the Threat Assessment Inquiry (TAI) process to TAM.
  • Determine preventative measures in light of the TAM process especially as it relates to school staff, students, parents, and community stakeholders.
  • Analyze the legal, policy, and due process dilemmas inherent in conducting potential perpetrator threat assessments.
  • Given response protocols, develop possible improvements based on a review of effective strategies for lockdown, evacuation, shelter-in-place, natural disaster response, and bomb-threat management.
  • Prepare response protocols that effectively integrate emergency responders and the school.
  • Analyze the reunification (dual-gate) process as it applies to all-hazards.
  • Develop implementation protocols for crisis recovery for all affected parties.
  • Analyze the hazards apparent in a scenario-based school crisis event.
  • Analyze potential vulnerabilities in a scenario-based school crisis event.
  • Analyze threat levels in a scenario-based school crisis event.
  • Create appropriate and effective response protocols in a scenario-based school crisis event
  • Design appropriate and effective recovery procedures in a scenario-based school crisis event.

Prerequisites & Other Information:
Participant must be a U.S. citizen
Highly recommended: AWR 148 or AWR 148-W
IS 100.a Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
IS 700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
IS 800.B National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction
IS 200.B ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 16.00
Provider: RDPC - Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Sponsor: FEMA
Disciplines: Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Government Administration
Health Care
Public Safety Communications

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