Planning for crises saves lives
Despite the horrific incidents of school violence that have taken place in recent years, many institutions remain unprepared for crisis management when it comes to assaults on campus. Some, however, are investing in the safety of their students and staff. Check out this account of how one Ohio school district’s administrators spent their weekend, from a WhizNews.com article by Gabe Ross:
Local administrators spent the last two days learning how to deal with the problem through a program called “ALICE” — or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
David Branch of the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center said after the recent events that unfolded at Chardon High School earlier this year, administrators expressed interest in a workshop that would give them the tools to respond in the event of an active shooter on school grounds.
“The administrators are receiving that training over a two-day period, and will be working in their school districts with their staff, student and parents to present to them what has been covered in this workshop,” said Branch.
What truly inspired this post was the last quote there. We see it all too often in every type of organization – top level administrators or execs get crisis management training, but head back to work and share none of it with lower level employees or other stakeholders (in this case, students and parents). By ensuring that the knowledge of how to best handle crisis management for dangerous campus situations is understood by everyone involved, this district has enhanced the safety of its entire community.
The BCM Blogging Team