Two school tragedies underscore the importance of emergency preparedness

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 18, 2012

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An emergency drill at the University of Maryland campus.

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a gun-wielding student killed 32 students and teachers and wounded more than 20 others. A similar tragedy also occurred this week in 1999, when two gunmen opened fire at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 12 students and a teacher.

Both incidents placed emergency preparedness at school settings under the microscope. While campuses are still susceptible to an array of threats initiated by man or Mother Nature, sharing best practices across the U.S. is an effective tool that can be used to prepare for the worst.


Highlighted in an +NFPA Journal+ feature story, a 2010 report by the National Campus Safety and Security Project (NCSSP) evaluates the current state of emergency preparedness, shortfalls in safety, and best practices at U.S. educational institutions. Assisting colleges and universities with the NCSSP recommendations outlined in the report are relevant NFPA codes and standardsspecifically NFPA 1600,  +Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs +that address effective emergency management planning.


Read the +NFPA Journal+ feature for more information about the NCSSP study and the state of safety at colleges nationwide.


-Fred Durso, Jr.</p>