Michael Dorn, Executive Director of Safe Havens International, on May 22 led a full house of school district staff through strategies to ensure school safety, security, and emergency preparedness.  Mr. Dorn’s focus was on the whole child and whole staff approach, the importance of powerful supervision, pattern matching, emergency preparedness, the importance of school climate, bullying, planning, preventive practices and life-saving preparedness capabilities.

Safe Havens International, is a non-profit school safety center. Mr. Dorn is the author of 27 books on school safety, and his campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years. This training is part of the North Central ESD School Safety Co-op.

North Central ESD’s work in the Crisis Management Co-op continues as Mike Dingle, Workers Comp Safety Co-op, has prepared and is ready to present an Active Shooter Training to our member districts as well as an additional EMI/FEMA Emergency Management Planning four-day training in September.

In addition, on March 6-9, 2017, 11 representatives from Pateros/Brewster/Moses Lake school districts, including staff, four local First-Responders (Law, Fire, Emergency Management), and one NCESD employee attended the FEMA E-361 “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools” course at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

This training was centric around the development and/or improvement of current district Emergency Operations/Response Plans. Although work continues to be done on the plans it was well worth the time and effort towards “plan the plan” improvements and building partnerships with local First-Responders. FEMA pays or reimburses all costs associated with this training other than meals.

After training hours the team members were able to enjoy the scenery and history in nearby Gettysburg, PA, and Saint Seton’s Basilica (which is next door to the EMI facility).

The NCESD Safety Co-op held a follow-up four-day FEMA “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools” course at NCESD in which a total of 37 attendees from six districts (Waterville, Cashmere, Cascade, Methow Valley, Nespelem, and Ephrata), participated, along with their local First Responders.