Get to the scene faster to stop the killing Cops, security officers, firefighters and paramedics who carry a firearm on duty, teachers who carry a firearm in the classroom, and citizens who carry a firearm need to get to the scene faster. His proposals included universal background checks on firearms purchases, an assault weapons ban, and limiting capacity to 10 cartridges. The second essential element of successful exercises is complexity. A state police spokeswoman said many of the recommendations already have been implemented or are being implemented. It is times like this that such a bond is both tested and strengthened. Sonayia Shepherd and Phuong Nguyen are with Safe Havens International, a global non-profit campus safety center.
Other than get their quicker, what are we to do? Prior lockdown drills were reportedly held at Sandy Hook which surely helped many staff quickly do so during the shooting. Within 15 hours of the massacre, 100,000 Americans signed up at the Obama administration's petitioning website in support of a renewed national debate on gun control. Similarly, school principals may hold an , which provides them with the skills to effectively lead in a school environment. We deeply share your sadness. While the fundamentals of active shooter response scenario-based training are portable, familiarity with campus features is not. According to a statement, Prince George Police Chief Ed Frankenstein, School Superintendent Dr.
Bobby Browder and County Administrator Percy Ashcraft are planning to incorporate additional training exercises for school personnel and public safety first responders. Yesterday's shooting was also more deadly than the 1999 attack at Columbine Colo. But while we know that tragedies like this are rare, we also know that heartbreak will always be some part of our chosen profession of emergency response. Others have encouraged students and staff to evacuate and run anywhere and everywhere possible, which in the case of Sandy Hook appears to have adversely impacted police from getting inside the school once they arrived. God Bless and thanks for your daily leadership on school safety! Albany, New York: Hearst Corporation.
We need to invest more in training and preparing our students and staff for safety, security and preparedness versus skewing our focus on security equipment. We all hope that we are never called upon to answer a call like the one in Sandy Hook and, God willing, no more would ever happen, but at the very least your preparation will help answer questions and put minds at ease in your community. The Interim and Final Report are available at the bottom: Direct link to report:. The President later spoke at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims, and all families from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The intent of mitigation is to reduce the need for response during a disaster. Officials are also in the process of re-evaluating existing school crisis policies.
When at concerts, churches, nightclubs, malls and schools seem inevitable and unpreventable, we are left with what to do better and faster after the shooting starts. For example, the sound of a firearm being discharged in a building is much different or more difficult to detect than shots fired outdoors. Any such study needs to include the years of extensive research that has shown no connection between entertainment and real-life violence. Student centers, public venues and mixed-use buildings typically possess multiple features and can be partitioned prior to an exercise to emphasize a particular environment. Many schools rushed to fortify their front entrance doors, failing to recognize that the Sandy Hook shooter shot out the glass next to the doorway, not in the actual doorway.
Thanks for sharing, as always, Pat. Nearly eight months after this interview it was clear that the wounds were still fresh. On April 4, 2013, Connecticut and Maryland both enacted new restrictions to their existing gun laws. I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people of Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones. Just as previous school shootings shocked our national conscience and resulted in changes to public safety initiatives, law enforcement tactics and intervention programs, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut refocused our collective attention to prevent and reduce victims of gun violence in our school systems.
Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn, Steve Satterly, Dr. The team felt the memory of the shooting only 150 miles away was too fresh in people's minds for the sight of firearms and the smell of gunpowder. He offered the love and prayers of a nation grieving alongside Newtown. Ken Trump These are balanced, thoughtful and effective statements based on analyses of what happened. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
While 26 students and staff sadly lost their lives at Sandy Hook, many lives were saved due to students and staff locking down. More lessons may follow, and some amendments to the above may be needed, with the release of additional documents. In the , 1,287 schools received funding through their 12 school boards such as the , , , and. The principal and school psychologist lost their lives moving toward the shooter. David Farris is the director of emergency management and fire safety at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Evidence of preparedness efforts can act as a deterrent to those with intentions to commit violence, and it promotes the institution in a positive light. This procedure ensures a broad distribution of the announcement, and it serves as a test of the emergency notification system. For 23 years I have had the fortune to count myself as a brother to many fine emergency responders in Western Connecticut. County and city fire and rescue units provide rescue task force support. The incident marks the deadliest elementary school mass shooting in U.
President, I am very sorry to hear about the shootings. Two days later made a similar tribute at the opening of its first night of live finals. We have been told that a secretary and nurse locked down so successfully that they went undetected during multiple police sweeps of the building and were detected only after police set up a command center in the office nearby where they were locked down. On December 16, 2012, every team held a moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims and lowered their flags to half-mast. The long-awaited report concludes state police handled the response effectively, but it recommends improvements to protecting crime scene integrity, dealing with victims' families and other issues.