School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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{ PREPARE AND BE AWARE } ISTOCKPHOTO/TEEKID SAFETY & SECURITY PU T T I NG T HE PIECES T O GET HER Mass Notification and Emergency Communication You need a plan that will complement and support your technologies. By Russell E. Bentley M OTHER'S DAY, MAY, 2008, will long linger as a day of awaking for me and many other residents in the central Georgia community I call home. I received a telephone call during the early morning hours requesting that I respond to a burglar alarm at a local middle school. Little did I know a five-minute drive would become an all-day event. (Tornadoes had torn through our part of the state and destroyed or heavily damaged a lot of property, including the school.) I had served as a public safety director in both the K-12 and university setting prior to the Virginia Tech tragedy. Before this incident on Mother's Day, I thought an emergency notification system was like a great hospitalization plan, it's great to have, but you hope you would never need to use it. In her excellent article, "Best Practice in Emergency Notifications," published in the July 2009 issue of Emergency Number Professional, Ellen Grevey points out that there is no single best practice in emergency communication, and that each community is different. Successful deployment and operation of your emergency notification JANUARY 2013 / SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 63

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