SafeAware© Increase Your School's Safety in 5 Easy Steps
5 things you can do today to increase your school's level of safety
School administrators, teachers and staff members often worry about whether they’ve done everything they can to make their schools safe. With conflicting information, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
This short course will change that, and empower you to make small changes right away. These simple steps add up to increased safety for your school.
Follow these 5 essential easy-to-implement strategies to make your own school safer in just one day.
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I have found Youth Risk Prevention Specialists to be an invaluable resource to our district as we work in the areas of ATODA prevention and intervention as well as school climate, school safety and threat assessment. Thank you!”
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As the founder of Youth Risk Prevention Specialists and creator of the SafeAware© program, I work with school districts nationwide to significantly increase their levels of safety. With the complete SafeAware© program, schools receive step-by-step assistance to implement everyday school safety measures, develop crisis response plans, tabletop exercises and drills, understand the warning signs of suicide and violence, and institute reporting, referral & assessment procedures. I help schools put together violence threat assessment teams by training key staff members to assess and manage potential school threats. I also speak to parents about their critical role in school safety and violence prevention.
I hold a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and graduate certificates in Substance Abuse and Forensic Criminology. I trained at the Gavin de Becker & Associates Advanced Threat Assessment & Management Academy and with a number of national school safety experts. I'm an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and a certified trainer for both REMS (Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools) Emergency Operations Plans, and the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) from the iloveuguys Foundation).
I have worked as a School Counselor, AODA Prevention Educator, District Safe & Drug Free Schools Coordinator, and Prevention Consultant for a statewide education service agency. For a sampling of clients served, click here.
Accomplishments include leading a team to develop an award-winning district crisis and safety plan and working with FEMA. I have appeared on WHDT News, Parent Talk Live radio, KKOB Radio, and in print articles, including 5 Experts Share Their Tips on School Emergency & Disaster Planning and Student Mental Health in Crisis: Are Schools Ready? My blog can be accessed here.
StartSchool Safety: A Starting Point (2:20)
StartStrategy 1: Improve your School Climate
StartStrategy 2: Pay Attention to Physical Security (2:13)
StartStrategy 3: Clarify Communication Systems
StartStrategy 4: Mental Rehearsal (1:48)
StartStrategy 5: Learn the Warning Signs
StartCheck Your Knowledge
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There is no better time than right now to get started on creating a safer school for your students.
Implement these 5 essential strategies today and enjoy a safer school tomorrow!