School Security & School Emergency / Crisis Preparedness Training

School Security and Emergency Planning Training Formats and Topics

Our presentation services include keynote presentations, workshops and seminars, and facilitated school safety and crisis preparedness planning team meetings.  Presentations may also be combined with our school security assessment services, school emergency planning consultations, facilitated tabletop exercises, and other school safety consulting services.

Ken Trump’s most popular program description:

Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning

Many school and public safety officials are receiving inquiries about their school security and crisis plans following high-profile school violence incidents. The latest school of thought on  practical risk-reduction measures to provide a physically and psychologically secure school setting while keeping balance and commonsense will be highlighted.  Trends and strategies related to emergency/crisis guideline components focused on comprehensive multi-hazard emergencies, school relationships with first responders and community organizations, communicating effectively with parents and the media during a crisis, use of school facilities for non-school community emergencies, crisis team and school staff roles during emergency situations, incident command system, advance preparation of critical facility information, preparing for drills (lockdowns, evacuations, shelter-in-place, student and staff tracking), emergency kits, communicating effectively to prevent and manage community fear and student involvement in emergency planning will also be addressed. The training content will focus on identification of risks and risk reduction best practices at various levels including school policies and procedures, awareness and training activities, physical facilities, and school-community safety planning processes.  Related topics may include school responses and lessons learned from national school shooting and high-profile crisis incidents, schools as potential terrorism targets, lockdown and evacuation drills, crisis teams and plans, practical “heightened security” strategies for schools, assessing and managing threats, school transportation security and crisis planning, athletic event security, managing irate parents and aggressive behavior, school safety litigation risks, and audience-specific questions will be covered.

Ken also speaks on a variety of topics that may include:

  • “New Times, New Crimes” – The latest in school-associated violent deaths, non-fatal shootings and school violence trends
  • Lessons learned from high-profile school crisis incidents and violent tragedies
  • The impact of terrorism on school safety and crisis preparedness planning
  • Practical, cost-effective “heightened security” measures during times of alert
  • Political and administrative obstacles to school safety and crisis planning
  • Fear management:  Understanding the causes of fear and how to manage fear in the school-community to produce safer schools
  • Threat assessment:  Assessing and managing student threats
  • Implications of the “persistently dangerous school” law
  • Recognizing and managing gang activity
  • Assaults, fighting, aggressive behavior, preventing victimization, personal safety, and related threats
  • School security and police staffing models
  • Safely managing angry parents
  • Administration central office security & emergency planning
  • Transportation security & emergency guidelines for school bus drivers
  • Elementary school security issues
  • Managing after-school security concerns
  • School security technology issues (security equipment, metal detectors, video cameras, etc.)
  • Security assessment process and components
  • Access control and visitation procedures
  • Physical security techniques
  • Security policies and procedures
  • “Security 101”:  What is “Security” and what does it look like in our schools?
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Model framework for school emergency preparedness planning
  • School emergency guideline components and processes
  • School lockdown, evacuation, and shelter-in-place issues
  • What to do:  Priorities for the first 30 minutes of a crisis
  • Floor plans, blueprints & tactical issues
  • Managing bomb threats, homemade bombs, and suspicious devices
  • Emergency plan drills & exercises
  • Safety and crisis tips for school secretaries
  • Police-school-community partnerships for collaborative action to prevent school violence and to prepare for school crises
  • Effective media  relations skills, including crisis media management and structuring comprehensive crisis communications plans

School Safety Training Audiences

Programs can be tailored to a single-profession audience or to an audience mixed with different youth-service professionals and/or parents. Due to our front-line experience as school support officials, our programs have been especially well-received by school support staff such as bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, and similar classified personnel. Special programs geared to parents, community members, and policy-makers are also available.  We also facilitate crisis teams as they work on their crisis guideline plan development.

Audiences often include:

  • Executive briefings for elected officials, policy-makers, and executive-level administrators
  • School administrators, teachers, and support personnel (counselors, aides, custodians, bus drivers, security staff, school nurses, secretaries, cafeteria workers, etc.)
  • Social service providers, probation officers, court officials, and other youth workers
  • School security staff, School Resource Officers, city/county police, fire and EMT, and emergency management officials
  • Parents, guardians, and family members
  • Business officials and community members

We believe in designing every program with the client and the target audience in mind.  Our audiences have ranged from federal agency heads and state leaders to school bus drivers, secretaries, and parents.  The ability to effectively address the needs of such diverse audiences, both individually and collectively, is one of the top factors contributing to the success of our programs.

How do participants rate our training?  Our programs have consistently received top marks since 1989.  See a sample list of clients.  Detailed reference letters are available.

Specific content is updated weekly – and often daily – to keep you informed of the latest issues and strategies!

Be aware & prepared – not scared!!

School Safety Training Costs

Costs for training programs are based on the type of presentation, on-site time, preparation time, and travel time. Quotes are based on this information and will reflect speaking fee, preparation time, and expenses (travel, lodging, meals, etc.).

School Security and Emergency Preparedness Training Philosophy and Focus

School safety training provided by school people.

Professional development training for school administrators, teachers, school safety officials, school support staff, parents, public safety and community agency partners helps participants learn how to prevent and manage school violence, reduce security risks and liability, and improve school-community relations around safety and crisis preparedness issues using balanced, practical and common sense measures.

Our training helps schools to be aware and prepared – not scared!  Fear and anxiety is best managed by education, communication, and preparation.  We put sensitive school safety issues into context and common sense approaches based on our understanding of the unique climate and culture issues associated with K-12 schools.

Many school and public safety officials are receiving inquiries about their school security and crisis plans following high-profile school violence incidents, national terrorism alerts, and local school safety incidents in the news.  Our training programs offer the latest school of thought on practical risk-reduction measures to provide a physically and psychologically secure school setting while keeping balance and commonsense.

Learn how to keep your schools safe and out of the headlines by identifying common pitfalls and liabilities in school security and emergency plans.  Learn practical, cost-effective “heightened security” procedures to employ during times of threats and increased safety concerns.  Stay out of court and in-the-know on school death and violence trends, lessons learned from 9/11, best practices in school emergency and crisis planning, common gaps found by experts in school security assessments, and communicating safety issues to parents and the media proactively and in times of crisis.

National School Safety and Security Services has rich, solid history in providing school leaders, policy-makers, parents, community members, and youth-service providers information on the latest trends and best practices in school security and emergency preparedness planning.  We offer balanced, practical, cost-effective and common-sense approaches based on our front-line experience working with public and private K-12 schools in rural, suburban, and urban communities from all 50 states and Canada.

Contact Ken Trump for more information!