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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 -...

Q&A With a School Safety Expert

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.

Layers of School Security

With the start of the 2021-2022 School Year just weeks away, I am noticing that my calendar is filling up with Security and Vulnerability Assessments within School Districts. At the end of the 2020-2021 School Year, I visited a school for a meeting, but as always, mentally assessed the layers of security in place. The District of the school I visited is at the top of their game, so these layers of safety should be considered within all Districts…

Someone helped me when I first started working in School Safety

If you ever need someone to bounce an idea, you had a situation happen and you want to discuss what your After Action Review (ARR) should include, or you just have that question you cannot Google an answer for, please do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I am always looking to return the favor.

Workplace Violence for In-Home Healthcare Workers Training

How a healthcare provider responds to a threat of violence within a patient’s home is vastly different than in a hospital setting with numerous exits and hospital police located in the facility with the ability to immediately respond to a threat. Using the information in the poster below as a guide, I met regularly with a workgroup from the Committee to develop a one-hour on-demand training tailored to the needs of in-home workers and the specific actions and responses they must take when a threat is imminent.

Q&A with a School Safety Expert

Q&A with a School Safety Expert

The following questions will be answered by subject matter expert Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., a nationally known speaker, consultant, author and expert on emergency preparedness. His career spans more than 30 years as an educator, administrator and police officer. Gary’s background in both education and law enforcement gives him a unique perspective on safety and preparedness, which he brings to his work with clients of Safeguard Risk Solutions.

Mass Shootings in the Workplace

Workplace violence happens on a continuum.  No one just snaps and the events are not random.  These killers are on a pathway to violence that is often caused by stressors in their life.  FBI studies have shown this pathway is dynamic and training employees to look for behaviors of concern and getting help for the employee can alter the pathway and prevent the violence.  The earlier the intervention the better chance of success.

Q&A with a School Safety Expert

Q&A With A School Safety Expert

This is the second part of a series of questions asked by School Administrators, Teachers, and School Resource Officers.  Their questions will be answered by Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., President and CEO of Safeguard Risk Solutions.  Gary is a nationally known speaker,...

Q&A with a School Safety Expert

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,...

Yik Yak.  Not as anonymous as young people think.

Yik Yak. Not as anonymous as young people think.

Working with schools as they deal with threats, administrators express frustrations when Yik Yak is the medium for delivering the threat. Many young people (and most school administrators!)believe the use of Yik Yak is completely anonymous.  Administrators view Yik...

The Disturbing Truths About Workplace Bullying

The Disturbing Truths About Workplace Bullying

Today there was a shooting on a college campus. Still not sure if it will be classified as an Active Shooter event or a Workplace Violence event. Either way, it is important to understand that certain workplace cultures make an organization vulnerable to such events....