School administrators, resource officers, and safety officials share responsibility for ensuring a safe and secure learning and work environment. The risks they face in K-12 districts are challenging and complex. Teachers, parents, and students want to be reassured that their schools have taken steps to reduce the likelihood of tragedies like those suffered in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Columbine and Red Lake, Minnesota.
A proactive emergency management program—planned cooperatively with first responders in the community—can help minimize the incidence of bodily injury, property damage, and liability. Sound programs are instrumental in helping schools stabilize, manage, and recover from incidents so they can get back to the fundamental business of education. Safety programs are supported—and often funded—by government agencies as part of the national effort to protect our schools and children.
The K-12 Emergency Preparedness practice at Risk Solutions International provides schools with advice, consulting services, and solutions to their comprehensive emergency response and crisis management challenges.
Our professionals have worked with over 95 public school districts nationwide. They have conducted over 500 security and vulnerability assessments, developed more than 36 district-scale emergency response plans, equipped thousands of classrooms with emergency procedures guides, and trained school and community security and safety officials in hundreds of drills, simulations, tabletop exercises, and training classes.
These professionals bring over 175 years of combined experience in K-12, governmental, and commercial emergency management; community policing; law enforcement; and anti-terrorism. They are experts in critical infrastructure protection, NIMS Compliance, large scale exercise design, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE), weapons of mass destruction (WMD) preparedness and custom training programs designed to meet or exceed FEMA/DHS standards. They maintain the highest professional certifications and credentials and have contributed to current national standards.
Our references, qualifications, and experience are unmatched by large corporate or “boutique” consultants. Our professionals have been contracted by the U.S. Department of Education itself to train its grant recipients in emergency management.
Risk Solutions International provide K-12 school districts and educational cooperatives with a complete portfolio of services. Our plans, materials, training, and deliverables address the four phases of emergency management: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Our solutions are NIMS, ICS, and ICP compliant. They meet all federal, state, and local regulations—and are considered industry best practices. They address all natural and man-made hazards, including destructive weather, gang violence, weapons and shooters on campus, chemical spills, pandemic outbreaks and biological releases, WMD, CBRNE, power outages, floods, and terrorism. Our services include:
Risk Solutions International works closely with K-12 school districts seeking grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. This Office manages and administers several competitive grant programs—such as the Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Grant and the Safe Schools Grant—which help schools create programs to respond to safety and security risks. We also help cities and police departments that receive Department of Justice COPS “Secure Our Schools” grants.
For additional information on Risk Solutions International’s K-12 Preparedness Program capabilities, please contact Scott A. Corzine at SCorzine@rsi-llc.com.