Thinking About the Unthinkable

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Too many communities have been touched by armed violence. Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, New Life Church—each time such an event happens in another community, it touches us as a Nation and we are reminded that it could happen in our own community.

Mass casualty incidents may occur wherever people congregate—in elementary and secondary schools, on college campuses, in houses of worship, or in other venues. They are part of a complex problem that affects the entire community, and that will require the whole community, working together, to address.

While no measures can ensure absolute security, there are ways we can significantly reduce the risk. Many planned attacks have been averted and countless lives have been saved by being prepared. By sharing our collective insights, expertise, and effort, we can minimize the likelihood that such events will take place and be prepared to act if an incident does occur.

Are you prepared?

This course will help you understand the threats and challenges of mass casualty incidents, and present ways you can improve your level of preparedness should the unthinkable occur.

IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship

Lesson 1: Are You Prepared? Thinking About the Unthinkable

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School Safety Partners is dedicated to creating long-term funding partnerships to support school safety best practices. We are both a community of interest and a facilitator of joint research projects, reaching out to the general public as well as stakeholders in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. Our purpose is to create a space for stakeholders where true partnering can occur in order to make school safety sustainable beyond Federal funding. Since our start in January, 2008, our projects have addressed the legislative, training, compliance, funding, and public awareness sides of school safety.

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