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Active Shooter Training

Mar 01, 2018 2018-03-01

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Training to Prepare for a Disaster

With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the US Department of Homeland Security is offering free online training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website. This free computer-based training tool includes a virtual school environment for multiagency training for active shooter incidents. The simulation takes place in a large school, which has an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and several classrooms. The training will allow schools and law enforcement to train to respond without disrupting students and to be able to train repeatedly.

Plus: The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at the University of Southern California provides a useful guide for talking with children about terrorist attacks and school shootings in the news. The two-page guide is free to download from the NCSCB website.

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