Disasters tend to spring up unannounced. In fact, by their very definition, crises are situations that are unexpected or unwanted. But just because you aren't expecting a disaster doesn't mean you have to be unprepared. Planning for unexpected situations …
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Even though they're not present on campus when disaster strikes, parents should be an integral consideration when formulating your emergency response plan.
According to data from SchoolDude, 90% of administrators needed to contact parents to address a safety concern on the school grounds over the past year - and 31% of these were related to a school lockdown. This sobering statistic highlights a rising school safety concern in the armed aggressor. As The New York Times reported, many of the nation's roughly 10,000 to 12,000 school-based police officers have shifted focus and adjusted tactics to best respond to such a situation should one arise.
Of course, the burden also falls to school districts to invest in a disaster response plan, both to prevent potential situations as much as possible, and to handle cases as safely and efficiently as possible.
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