Entries by SafeDefend

There are Good and Bad Ways to Conduct Active Shooter Drills

There have been numerous stories about the harm active shooter drills have caused.  A recent article from the Associated Press cited statements from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association that disavow unannounced drills or simulated gunfire.  Most of the time these drills are not thought out well enough to apply to the […]

Time is a Factor in a Hostile Crisis

The shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA highlights a continued problem that schools face during an active shooter event.  After all the external security has been compromised and a perpetrator starts an attack, how do we quickly initiate a lockdown and get police notified.  Time and again we have seen that there […]

How well do you communicate a hostile crisis in your building?

In order to mitigate casualties in a mass casualty event it is important to look at past incidents.  This doesn’t have to be a direct comparison but rather should examine solutions that work and why they are effective.  Simply put the importance of mass notification is essential to alert people of a threat to their […]

Thinking Training for the New School Year

As we head back to school most districts have already filled their schedule for returning teacher training.  You probably are even instructing your staff on the changes to Kansas Senate Bill 128 which changed the number of drills for schools.  The Kansas Department of Education Safe and Secure Schools Unit has valuable resources on their […]

Expert Advice on Evaluating Lockdown Systems: 7 Critical Questions to Ask

School shootings continue to make headlines. They continue to inspire outrage, horror, shock, and disbelief. And they continue to take lives, tragically, and far more often than they should. Even though these events remain relatively rare, they have an outsized impact on our hearts, minds, and imaginations, and it is incumbent upon every decision-maker tasked […]