School Safety Workshop Trains Bemidji Community On How To Plan For School Emergencies


MARSHAL’S OFFICE. >>>THE BEMIDJI AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTED A FREE TRAINING TODAY THAT FOCUSED ON SCHOOL SAFETY AND EMERGENCY OPERATION PLANS FOR SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS TYPE OF WORKSHOP, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE U.S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS COME TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND THE CITY OF BEMIDJI IS HAPPY TO PROVIDE THIS OPPORTUNITY. REPORTER DESTINY WIGGINS HAS THE DETAILS.>>SCHOOL SAFETY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. IN TODAY’S WORKSHOP, PARTICIPANTS RAISED SEVERAL CONCERNS AS IT PERTAINS TO THE PLANS AND ACTIONS OF EVACUATIONS, SCHOOL SECURITY, FIRE DRILLS IN CERTAIN WEATHER CONDITIONS AND MORE.>>A TRAINING ON DEVELOPING SCHOOL-WIDE DISTRICT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANS, WHICH ARE DOCUMENTS THAT WILL HELP US PLAN FOR, PREVENT, AND MITIGATE EMERGENCIES THAT MIGHT BE EITHER MAN MADE OR NATURAL, AND BY HAVING THESE PLANS, IT HELPS US FILL IN THE GAPS AND BE BETTER PREPARED FOR ANYTHING, ANY POTENTIAL CRISIS THAT COULD HAPPEN.>>AFTER DISCUSSING VARIOUS SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN THE DISTRICT, ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AS WELL AS PARENTS, REALIZE THAT THERE ARE MORE WAYS THE BEMIDJI SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN DO TO PLAN AND PREVENT EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.>>IN OTHER WORDS, TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE POTENTIAL CRISES OR HAZARDS THAT COULD COME OUR WAY AND HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS OF PREVENTING, EVALUATING, MITIGATING, AND RECOVERING AND DEALING WITH THESE SITUATIONS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THEY OCCUR.>>THE PRESENTATION IS PROVIDED BY THE READINESS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS REMS AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THE CENTER TRAVELS FROM STATE TO STATE TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE TRAINING IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.>>BY HAVING A WORKSHOP AND HAVING REMS COME IN AND DO BEST PRACTICES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, LOOKING AT WHAT THEY HAVE WITH THEIR STUDIES, THEIR EXPERTS, WE’RE ABLE TO TAKE A HUGE TOPIC AND BE ABLE TO STREAMLINE IT DOWN, WHICH IS WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE IT AS EASY AND SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE. I’M VERY GRATEFUL TO THE BEMIDJI SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TO MR. LUTZ FOR INVITING THEM AND HOSTING THEM AND AS A SCHOOL SAFETY ADVOCATE, TO HAVE THE TOP OF THE LINE TO COME IN AND OFFER THIS TRAINING IS AMAZING, AMAZING. AT A PARENT OF THREE YOUNG KIDS IN THE DISTRICT, IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER.>>THE ROOM WAS FILLED WITH VARIOUS STAKE HOLDERS AS WELL AS OFFICIALS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE AREA. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI, DESTINY WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.>>OVER 60 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE TRAINING INCLUDING VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS, POLICE, EMS AND




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