Is your child’s school prepared for an Active Shooter?

Is your child’s school prepared for an Active Shooter?

This blog is meant to raise awareness of all concerned about school safety by asking questions and not to expose any vulnerabilities a school may presently have.

There are a number of components to prepare the school for an Active Shooter such as:

  • Physical Security;                      Overall Defense Training;
  • Shooter Ambush Training;     Emergency Trauma care

Today’s discussion is:     PHYSICAL SECURITY

The Single Point of entry: A physical barrier designed to funnel the shooter to the front door of a school and deny entry. 

Misconceptions:

  • Shooter will only approach the front door;
  • Shooter is a person from outside the school;
  • Does not account for any student who may have already brought a gun with them into school;
  • Is there a protocol for hostage taking at the SPOE;

Duty Teacher’s Observations and Actions:

  • Are there enough to cover the entire exterior;
  • Are they strategically placed;
  • Are they equipped with radios;
  • Are they trained on what to look for;
    • Suspect’s approaching school;
    • Suspicious behavior;
    • Shooter may be “Dressed” to kill;
    • Carrying weapons in the open or in bags;
  • What is their protocol should they spot something;
  • How do they communicate the threat;
  • How is a Code Red activated?
    • Verbal warning over PA (Ft. Hood’s garble message);
    • Designated audible alarm;
  • Is every faculty/staff member and student aware of that sound;
  • What is the staff protocol upon hearing the alarm for:
    • Students outside the building;
    • Students in hallways;
    • Students inside the classroom;
    • Restroom deadbolt;

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL from an ACTIVE SHOOTER

There are a number of components to prepare the school for an Active Shooter such as:

  • Physical Security;                      Overall Defense Training;
  • Shooter Ambush Training;     Emergency Trauma care

Today’s discussion is: 

  • CODE RED Procedures:
    • Anyone locked outside classrooms;
    • Are students and faculty taught Tactical escapes from the facility/grounds;

Classroom lockdown:

  • Do the students know where is the best place to be inside the classroom;
    • Silence cell phones;
    • Teacher’s computer away from the fatal funnel;
  • Is the alarm monitored by an alarm company;
  • Will the police dispatcher confirm alarm;
  • Will local police respond;
  • How does the staff report false alarms;
  • How often is the alarm tested;
  • How often do you drill Active Shooter alarm;
  • Police should always be present and the drill announced with plenty of notice to everyone;
  • There should never be a “surprise” A.S. drill;
  • There should never be shots fired in any AS drill;
  • How is an “All clear” signaled;
  • What is the protocol for the All Clear signal.

If these questions are not adequately answered by your child’s school, your school officials, school PTA, PTO, concerned Parents and/or Teacher’s group and you want to learn more, look for:

  • My book “Shots Fired” Surviving an Active Shooter via Amazon.com;
  • My next book “Disarm and Disable” The Active Shooter Survival Guide should be released later this fall;
  • Or, contact us for comprehensive training on Active Shooter Defense.
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