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Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning

Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • Kenneth S. Trump - National School Safety and Security Services, Cleveland, Ohio

May 2011 | 328 pages | Corwin
This is major revision of Ken Trump's two books combines Practical School Security and Classroom Killers into one new book.

This new book provides a well-thought-out, thorough guide to creating and implementing a workable safety and security plan for your school. The author covers all aspects of making (and keeping) a school safe and secure including internal school security, physical security, and the use of drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors. He provides practical, realistic advice you can use to make your school safer. Included are ideas for working with community leaders, police, parents, businesses, and political officials to improve school and community safety and security.

New topics include:

- Complete discussion of school emergency preparedness

- Bullying, harassment, hazing

- Major legislation, i.e. state mandates for various anti-bullying, security and safety activities, and new technology for safety

Disclaimer and Legal Notices
Foreword by Dr. Scott Poland
About the Author
I. Understanding and Managing School Safety
1. The Evolving Threats to School Security
The School Security Threat Continuum

Internal and External Threats to School Safety

Assessing Threats and Prioritizing Risk Reduction

Roller Coaster Awareness, Policy, and Funding: The Biggest Ongoing Threat to School Safety

2. The "Politricks" of School Security
Denial, Image, and Underreporting

Awkward Circumstances Encourage Downplaying of School Safety

Reality, Not Rhetoric

3. Comprehensive School Safety Planning and Leadership
School Safety as a Leadership Issue

Getting on the Same Page

Overcoming Denial

Financial Obstacles

School Safety as a Public Relations Tool

Community Ownership

Tools for Balance

Risk Reduction Framework

II. Proactive School Security: Focusing on Fundamentals
4. School Security Assessments
Assessment Definition and Use

Assessment Expectations, Best Practices, and Levels

Who Should Assess

Avoiding a Template Approach to School Security Assessments

Focus Assessments on More Than Hardware and Manpower

Evaluation Methods and Identifying Policy-Practice Disconnects

Areas That May Be Evaluated in a School Security Assessment

Benefits of Assessing

5. School Security Strategies and Issues
Administration Building, Board Meeting, and Support Site Security

Adult-Originated Violence

After-Hours School Security: Activities and Community Use of Schools

Arming Teachers and School Staff

Athletic and Large Event Security

Bomb Threats and Suspicious Devices

Cell Phones, Camera Phones, and Text Messaging

Computer Security Measures

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Election Day Security

Elementary School Security and Aggression by Younger Students

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and School Safety


Hotlines and Other Anonymous Reporting

Lockers and Bookbags

Personal Safety

Personnel and Internal Security

Physical Security

Private, Independent, and Charter Schools

Probation Officers in Schools

School Resource Officers, School Police Departments, and School Security Departments

School Security Equipment: Metal Detectors, Cameras, and Other Technology

Sex Offenses

Student Involvement in School Safety Planning

Student Searches

Special Education and School Safety


Tasers and School-Based Police Officers


Training Staff on School Security and Emergency Preparedness

Transportation Security



Uniforms and Dress Codes


Zero Tolerance and School Discipline

6. Managing Bullying: Focusing on Supervision, Conduct Codes, School Climate, and Mental Health Strategies
Defining Bullying

Bullying: One Threat on a Broad Threat Continuum

The Mythical Attribution of Bullying as the Cause of School Shootings

Bullycide, the Media, and the Contagion Effect

Practical Anti-Bullying Strategies: Supervision, Security, Discipline, and Criminal Law

School Climate Strategies

Mental Health Support for Students

Cyberbullying and Sexting

Anti-Bullying Communication Strategies

Political Hijacking of Bullying for Broader Social and Political Interests

The Case Against Anti-Bullying Laws

7. Preparing Schools for Terrorism
The Terrorist Threat to Schools: Soft Targets

Domestic vs. International Terrorism

Overcoming the Denial, Fear, Politics, and Naysayers

Heightened Security Procedures for Schools

Biological and Chemical Threats

General Considerations in Times of Terrorism and War

8. Managing School Safety on Tight Budgets
Practical School Safety Considerations on Limited Budgets

Budgeting for School Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness

Low-Cost and No-Cost School Safety Strategies

9. Parents and School Safety
Practical Things Parents Can Do to Assess School Security and Emergency Preparedness

How Parents Can Reduce Child Safety Risks at Home

Steps Parents Can Take to Address School Safety Concerns

III. Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
10. Early Warning Signs of Violence
Concerns and Caveats

Checklists and Gurus

We Are Federal Agents and We Are Here to Help You

Early Warning, Timely Response

Frontline Observations

Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Issues

Another Call for Common Sense

11. Assessing and Managing Threats
Threat Assessment Protocol


12. Lessons Learned From School Crisis Incidents
Be Prepared, Not Scared

Priority One: Emergency Preparedness

Prevention: An Equal Priority

Deal With Small Problems

School Climate

Overcoming Student Denial

A Switch From Snitch

Listen to Kids and Parents

Rely on Local Data

Why Suburban White Kids Kill

Train Emergency Service Personnel

Thinking Security When There Is Not a Crisis

Buyer Beware: Overnight Experts, Gurus, and Gadgets

13. Emergency Preparedness Planning and Preparation
Four Phases of Emergency Management

Normalization Nonsense

The Process

Emergency Guideline Documents

The Preparation

Pulling It All Together

14. Emergency Response and Crisis Management
Emergency Response: The First Half Hour

Roles and Responsibilities

Specific Considerations for Before, During, and After the Emergency Service Personnel Response

15. The Postcrisis Crisis: Managing Media and Parent Communications
Managing Cell Phones, Text Messaging, and Social Media

Developing Your Message: Parent Expectations After a Safety Incident

An Inside Look at The Business Side of Today's Media

Traditional School District Parent and Media Management: It Doesn't Work Today

Getting Out Front on School Safety Communications

Media Crisis Communications Guidelines

Crisis Credibility and Reputation Management

Lessons for the Media on Covering Ongoing Crises

16. Preparing for the Postcrisis Crisis: Managing Mental Health, Security, Financial, Operational Continuity, Liability, and School-Community Political Issues
Mental Health Support for Grief and Healing

Security and Emergency Preparedness Postcrisis Demands

Financial and Continuity Of Operations Plans for Crisis Response and Recovery

Litigation Preparedness

School-Community Postcrisis Politics

IV. Future Directions
17. State, Federal, and Academic Support for School Safety
State-Level Strategies

The Federal Role

Colleges of Education

Where to Now?

Recommended Readings


“Ken Trump's book outlines what he has demonstrated throughout his career: How schools can collaborate with law enforcement, emergency management, and mental health professionals for better crisis planning. I believe many of the incidents of school crises could have been, and should have been, prevented. The information in this landmark book will reduce school violence and save lives. I recommend it with the highest possible praise.”

Scott Poland, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Suicide and Violence Prevention
Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies

"This book is invaluable to education and safety leaders working daily on the front-lines to provide the safest, most secure learning environment possible in their schools. It is the next best thing to having Kenneth Trump working in your school district."

John Weicker, Director of Security
Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN

"Definitely a must-have desk reference for school principals. Ken offers need-to-know, practical school safety and emergency preparedness strategies not taught in “Principalship 101”!

Asia Jones, Executive Director for Student Support Services
Roanoke City Public Schools, VA

"Ken is the #1 authority on school safety issues surrounding the educational community."

Matthew McDevitt, Board Member
Pennsuaken Board of Education, NJ

"Ken Trump is the preeminent national authority on school safety and emergency preparedness planning, but he also thinks like a school administrator. In this book, Ken offers a comprehensive list of practical solutions to a myriad of issues that impact school personnel’s attempts to improve school safety and emergency preparedness. This book does not belong on a bookshelf. It belongs on the desk of every school administrator and teacher for immediate and frequent access."

John Hutton, Superintendent
Gurnee School District 56, IL

"This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in ensuring that our schools are safe learning environments and that they are prepared to deal with any unexpected crises. The author is a highly experienced and respected expert in school safety and security, with decades of practical experience in schools throughout the country."

C. Ronald Huff, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society
University of California, Irvine

"There is no concern more chilling to school board members and superintendents than any issue related to school safety. This book uniquely captures current best practices in school safety and security that Ken Trump helped our school district and community implement over an 18-month period. The comprehensive consideration of school safety from the perspective of the leading national expert make this book an indispensable reference for school leaders at all levels."

Tom Evert, retired superintendent and Amy Van Deuren , former school board member
School District of Janesville, WI

"Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning is a priceless resource, especially for administrators expected to create and maintain safe learning environments. No other single volume provides a more comprehensive, relevant, and accurate guide for planning and practice."

Theodore J. Kowalski, Professor & the Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration
University of Dayton, OH

"Ken Trump has established himself as a leading advocate for school safety and security. This book raises the bar to a new level. This comprehensive, thoughtful and practical work will be used for years to come by those of us who are responsible for crisis planning and management within our school districts."

Linda Speer Graham, Crisis Coordinator
Nettleton School District, Jonesboro, AR

"We had the advantage of working directly with Ken and had immediate access to his wealth of knowledge on school safety. Having a book by him as a resource would be the next best thing."

Karen Schulte, Superintendent
School District of Janesville, WI

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