Specialist certification training will make Scecina an even safer place
Hello, Scecina family,
I continue to work with our Emergency Operations Planning Committee to secure the safety of everyone at Scecina Memorial High School as it is a top priority of mine. For this reason, I attended basic school safety training in November, and I will receive advanced training next month. When I complete my advanced training, I will obtain the School Safety Specialist Certification.
I want to share what basic training taught me. I will follow up with two more articles in the coming weeks.
During my basic school safety training, I learned more about the Four Phases of Emergency Management. The four phases include Prevention/Mitigation, Protection, Response, and Recovery. The best way for me to explain each one is in an outline format.
Prevention/Mitigation involves preventing future emergencies or minimizing their effects.;
- Activities taken to prevent an emergency, reduce the chances of an emergency happening, or reduces the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies
- Buying flood and fire insurance for your home is a mitigation activity
- Activities that take place before and after emergencies
Preparedness involves preparing to handle an emergency.
- Plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response and rescue operations
- Evacuation plans and stocking food and water are both examples of preparedness
- Activities that take place before an emergency occurs
Response involves responding safely to an emergency.
- Actions we take to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency
- Putting your preparedness plans into action
- Seeking shelter from a tornado or turning off gas valves in an earthquake are both response activities
- Activities take place during an emergency
Recovery involves recovering from an emergency The actions we take to return to a normal or an even safer situation
- Getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs
- Activities that take place after an emergency
- Reuniting victims with their loved ones is essential.
My next blog post will contain information on the online training and assessments I took to supplement basic training and prepare me for advanced instruction.
Please pray that we keep our school safe every day! Have a great weekend,
Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.
Posted on Thu, January 24, 2019
by Beth Murphy filed under