AWR-130-2 Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings 

This 4-hour New Mexico Tech course is designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential incident involving explosives or who are likely to witness or investigate an event involving the use of explosives or explosive devices.  This course provides basic information on explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons.  Classroom topics include: understanding the terrorist threat, improvised explosive devices, safety issues, etc.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to identify and take appropriate action in the event of a potential or realized weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incident involving explosives and incendiaries.

The target audience for this course includes school administrators; higher education institution officials responsible for emergency planning and managing bomb incidents; college and university police/security/public safety officials, facilities managers, building and grounds management, housing, recreation and athletic staff; as well as responders from the following fields: law enforcement, fire service, emergency management, healthcare, public health, public safety communications, public works, hazardous materials, and governmental administration.  K-12 school administrators must attend the Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents course as a prerequisite.


AWR-132 Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents 

Bomb threats to schools are a significant problem throughout the United States. Although more than 90% of bomb threats turn out to be pranks, school districts must take each threat seriously because of the real potential for death and serious injury. The problem of bomb threats is an annual occurrence for many school districts, resulting in days lost from teaching and learning, emotional trauma to students and staff, and financial costs. Effective response to school bomb threats requires the coordinated efforts of administration, faculty, staff, and first responders.  

This 4-hour New Mexico Tech course is designed to aid emergency responders who respond to school bomb incidents.  The primary target audience includes firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, security personnel, and school employess who are responsible for planning for and responding to bombing incidents in schools.  This course addresses issues and considerations involved in developing a safe and effective school bomb threat response plan annex as part of the school emergency operations plan.  This course is a prerequisite course for K-12 school officials attending the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings course.


Advanced Student Behavioral Threat Assessment 

The Advanced Student Behavioral Threat Assessment course is offered for established school threat assessment teams and expands on the basic “Student Behavioral Threat Assessment” training. This advanced training is designed to enhance skills, identify common team problems and solutions, and provide information on best practices and standards. The goal for this course is to give participants a chance to practice their skills in key areas—threat assessment procedures; case management planning; developing questions for threat assessment interviews; and determining appropriate interventions. This 8-hour course provides strategies for effective threat assessment interviews with a focus on prevention, in contrast to law enforcement or clinical interviews.  

This advanced training is highly interactive, incorporating the use of both guided case studies and facilitated discussions regarding critical issues facing threat assessment teams. The objectives are to enhance case management skills and to foster continuing improvement of threat management practices.  

The target audience for this course is current members of school threat assessment teams and those with a role in preventing, deterring, interviewing or managing concerns of violence in schools. This course is appropriate for local law enforcement officials (School Resource Officers/Juvenile Officers), school principals, deans, counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and local mental health officials. The Student Behavioral Threat Assessment course is a prerequisite for this course.  


Training and Exercising the School Emergency Operations Plan 

This 6 hour training provides information and guidance on how training and exercising contributes to school preparedness efforts. The more your school EOP is practiced and stakeholders trained on its contents, the more effectively they will be able to act before, during and after an emergency to lessen the impact on life and property. Exercises play a vital role in your school’s preparedness by enabling faculty, staff, students and the whole community to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify both capability gaps and areas for improvement. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct and design a tabletop exercise using Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines. 

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Student Behavioral Threat Assessment

Student Behavioral Threat Assessment 

Research findings indicate that incidents of targeted violence in schools were rarely impulsive; that the students who perpetrated the attacks usually planned them out well in advance with planning behavior that was often observable; and, that prior to most attacks, other students knew the attack was to occur. (Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and Creating Safe Schools, U.S. Secret Service 2002)  

The purpose of this one day (8 hour) seminar is to provide increased understanding of the framework and application of student behavioral threat assessment in elementary and secondary schools. The target audience and student threat assessment process is a multi-disciplinary team approach comprised of school administration, key faculty, psychological services, counselors, local law enforcement, school resource officers, local community services, mental health agencies and school legal counsel. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding and ability to identify persons exhibiting threatening or aberrant behaviors, evaluate the risk of the threat, and provide appropriate interventions and case management to reduce the risk of violence.  This course is a prerequisite for Advanced Student Behavioral Threat Assessment.  


Train-The-Trainer AA-428 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Illinois Schools 

This 2 day course is a 15 hour instructor training to develop a core cadre of trainers who will provide technical assistance and serve as district training resources. The course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to develop effective emergency operations plans for a wide array of potential critical incidents schools may experience. Participants will learn about school emergency operations management and planning, hazard/risk analysis, terrorism/weapons of mass destruction, critical incident response procedures, training and testing plans, and participate in table-top drills. Training materials including instructor manuals, student manuals, CD’s with lesson plans, videos, power point presentations, and other instructional resources will be provided to each participant upon completion of the course. Schools should consider sending a two-person team including a school administrator (principal, assistant principal, dean, etc.) and a school resource officer/liaison/DARE officer (sworn), or school security officer. Participants are expected to conduct orientation sessions, in-service training and provide technical assistance to district administration for help with improving their school emergency and crisis response plans.  

AA-427 Creating an Action Plan: Forming a Critical Incident Response Team 

This 6 hour training session is designed to help school districts build a school-based emergency management organization to respond to and manage a wide-range of critical incidents until local emergency responders arrive. Participants will learn who should be involved in the school’s emergency response and how to form a school-based emergency organization. The Incident Command System (ICS) structure used by emergency responder agencies is featured as the model for the school-based teams. The course is highly interactive featuring small group activities and table-top drills with simulated emergency scenarios. The School Safety Drill Act requirements and guidelines will be addressed. Schools are invited to send a team of 3-5 staff including an administrator (principal, assistant principal), school nurse, transportation director, teacher, counselor, custodian/engineer, school security supervisor, school resource officer/liaison officer (sworn), and a representative of fire services or emergency management. Although recommended, schools are not required to send a full team. District teams will be provided training materials to aid in forming Critical Incident Response Teams for all buildings in their district. Administrators seeking Administrator Academy credits will develop an Action Plan for recruiting, screening, training, deploying and sustaining a school-based Critical Incident Response Team.  

Updating the School Emergency Operations Plan 

The focus of this 7 hour training is to provide school officials with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to refine and update an all-hazards school emergency operations plan (EOP). The course will help schools to determine areas for improvement, make changes and updates, and sustain readiness through training and exercising. The course aligns with the Joint Administrative Rules of the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, guidance set forth in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 101), and the Guide to High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, published by the federal departments of Education, Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Health and Human Services, Justice and the FBI. Participants will have an opportunity to review their school EOP to determine if it contains the necessary components in scope and sequence, identify areas for improvement, and make changes and updates in preparation for review and approval of school administration.  

G-364 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

This 2 day course provides schools with the knowledge and tools needed to develop or update an all-threats/hazards school emergency operations plan (EOP) and to identify how to train and exercise the school EOP. This course follows the guidance set forth in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 101) for developing emergency plans and recommended in the Guide to High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans published by the federal departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, FEMA, Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Participants will learn how to conduct threat/hazard identification and risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities that may to impact the school and identify protection and mitigation measures. The components of a highly effective school EOP will be introduced in scope and sequence, including elements of the basic plan, functional and hazard-specific annexes. During this training, participants will have an opportunity to review the school EOP to determine areas for improvement, make changes and updates, and identify training and exercise strategies. The training is highly interactive with class exercises coupled with numerous individual and small group activities including table-top exercises to test EOP response protocols. This course promotes building partnerships and positive working relationships among first responders and school staff.  

Training and Exercising the Campus Emergency Operations Plan

This 6 hour training provides information and guidance on developing and implementing a strategy for training and testing the Campus Emergency Operations Plan. Training and exercising aims to help entities within the higher education community gain objective assessment of their capabilities so that gaps, deficiencies and vulnerabilities are addressed prior to a real incident. Well-designed and well-executed exercises are the most effective means of: assessing and validating policies, plans, and procedures; clarifying roles and responsibilities; identifying gaps between current and desired performance; improving interagency coordination and communications; and, identifying opportunities for improvement. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct and design a tabletop exercise using Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation (HSEEP) guidance that constitutes a national standard for exercises. Group activity also includes building a training and exercise schedule. 

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