OKLAHOMA CITY —
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Kim Carter, Director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, gave an update on what the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) has been providing to schools across Oklahoma since the OSSI went into effect July 1, 2013 and what plans the OSSI has for the 2014 calendar year.
Lt. Gov. Lamb said “The most basic priority of government is to protect its people. The OSSI has provided information and training that has equipped our schools and provided a secure environment for our students.”
In 2013, the Oklahoma School Security Institute conducted fourteen (14) two day school security seminars across the state. These seminars were attended by 129 school districts. These school districts represent 228,000 students and 12,000 teachers. This training also benefited 7 career technology institutions, 6 colleges, and 15 private schools. Other attendees to the seminars included law enforcement and public safety officers. The seminars are designed to provide school administrators and public safety agencies with a base knowledge of school security issues, and to provide them with some basic tools to help them create and implement a security plan in their schools. Attendees are offered continued support such as personal consulting and assessments from the OSSI as they develop their security plans.
To enhance planning and preparedness efforts aimed at school security, the OSSI will soon begin offering schools and public safety agencies across the state a training course titled “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools.” This course is designed for schools that may not have an existing safety and security plan, or for schools who want to bolster their current plans. Attendees will learn how to develop safety and security teams within the school, and provide these team members with the knowledge and tools to create a plan unique to their school facilities. A “train the trainer” course is scheduled for February, 2014, to help develop a cadre of Oklahoma instructors who can teach this course, with classes available for schools to attend by March, 2014. Other training classes under development include school bus security, how to conduct security assessments, crisis communications, tactical medical response, and developing a survival mindset.