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Free Tools for K12 Schools

Free Tools for K12 Schools

The end of the school year is coming. Have you reviewed and updated your EOP recently?I am constantly contacted by school districts across the country looking for help in developing their Emergency Operation Plans and for Site Assessments. This is something I've done...

See Something. Say Something. DO Something.

See Something. Say Something. DO Something.

As School Safety Professionals, we are focused on finding and using best-practices from each other to keep our students and staff safe.  Sometimes on our hunt for a new safety measure, we overlook a free resource that is right in front of us - Those very people we are...

Cybersecurity Within Schools

Cybersecurity Within Schools

Introducing Guest Blog Author: Josh GelmanBeing a School Safety Professional can be daunting at times.  Parents and peers look to us for answers and solutions, and sometimes, we just aren't able to provide the information that they seek.  When I don't have answers on...

Exercise Safety

Exercise Safety

It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate to ensure that every effort is made to provide a safe and secure environment during National Preparedness...

Free Is Good.  Especially in School Safety.

Free Is Good. Especially in School Safety.

When I was young, my dad liked to remind me of an important life lesson: Free Is Good. While Safeguard Risk Solutions is not a non-profit organization, the premise of my company is to be a resource to the people tasked with keeping schools safe - for free.Throughout...

I Don’t Sell Fear.  And You Shouldn’t Buy It.

I Don’t Sell Fear. And You Shouldn’t Buy It.

Fear is a sales tactic that you should never buy into. Here's why... Full Disclosure:  I am a consultant that sells both services and a product.  I started as an eighth-grade science teacher for the fifth largest school district in Ohio and thirty years later I...

The Mobile Emergency Response Plan

Re-introducing the Mobile Emergency Response Plan:The app that puts your Emergency Plansin the hands of those that need it, when they need it.In 2008, my school district was awarded the first of two, Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) Grants. A goal...

Your Questions Answered by Gary

Your Questions Answered by Gary

Below is the next series of questions my clients and colleagues have submitted to me through past Gary's Guide to School Safety blog posts, via email, and directly to me through LinkedIn.  Be sure to submit your safety and preparedness questions below to be featured...

Your Questions Answered by Gary

Your Questions Answered by a School Safety Expert

The following questions will be answered by Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., President and CEO of Safeguard Risk Solutions.  Gary is a nationally known speaker, consultant, author and expert on emergency preparedness.  His career spans more than 30 years as an educator,...

A New Resolution for School Safety

A New Resolution for School Safety

There’s a reason that airlines train their flight attendants to instruct passengers to don their own oxygen masks in the event of an emergency before helping others: The best way to help others is to help yourself first.

The Language of Social Media

The ever-changing digital world with emerging new apps and platforms requires all of us to pay careful attention to the online digital behavioral baselines of individuals engaged in threat related behavior. Recognizing digital leakage is necessary for School Safety and Threat Assessment teams to identify individuals on the pathway to harm themselves or others and to plan immediate risk-reducing data driven intervention plans.

Tough Decisions for Tough Situations

Tough Decisions for Tough Situations

Have You Talked to Your Child About What You Want Them to do During an Active Threat Event?In the most recent school shooting at Oxford High School, at least one hero lost his life protecting their classmates by attacking the killer.  How did he know what to do? Were...

A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy cooking for my friends and family.  Thanksgiving will be a bit different for me this year. Instead of cooking the whole meal, I will be guiding my son and daughter-in-law in the meal prep as I recover from rotator cuff surgery -...

Your Questions Answered by Gary

Q&A With a School Safety Expert

The following questions will be answered by Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., President and CEO of Safeguard Risk Solutions.  Gary is a nationally known speaker, consultant, author and expert on emergency preparedness.  His career spans more than 30 years as an educator,...

Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace Violence Prevention

From angry parents of school-aged children to frustrated family members of hospital inpatients, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the cause of an increase in workplace violence in a variety of settings.  Teachers and healthcare workers have been pushed to their breaking...

Getting the Most Out Of Your AAR

Perhaps the most important aspect of an After Action Review and Report is not only the identification of corrective actions but then training staff on those lessons learned.

Your School Secretary: The Voice and Face of Your School Culture

Your School Secretary: The Voice and Face of Your School Culture  Why should we care how a secretary answers a phone or greets visitors and students to the office? Because the culture reflected by the secretary is often indicative of the school culture.When I was...

The Value of FREE Saves Lives in School Safety

I started reading Campus Safety magazine back in 2008 when I was promoted into the position as the school district safety director. With a limited security budget, I liked that the monthly magazine was free. Although Campus Safety magazine is no longer being printed, all the same information is available online with their free subscription. As a retired school administrator, I understand the value of FREE!
School Safety and Preparedness saves lives. This is why I collaborate with Campus Safety magazine.