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Deadly Shooting Puts Focus on School Safety

Randy Johnson interview on School SafetyMinnesota school safety protocols are taking center stage following the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida. The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) conducts an average of 200 training sessions at districts around the state every year. From public, to private, to charter, and tribal schools, the MnSSC meets with administrators, educators and first responders to advise schools on a 360-degree, multifaceted approach to school safety. This includes providing recommendations for:

  • School safety assessments.
  • Threat assessments, which identify behavioral clues and red flags.
  • Violent intruder response.
  • Access controls, which scrutinize the a schools access points.
  • De-escalation strategies for threats.

In addition, the MnSSC provides guidance to districts when developing their emergency operations plans, which are required by state law. Schools must also conduct five lockdown drills, five fire drills and one severe weather drill per year.


Nuclear Attacks: Preparation and Response

​For information on how to prepare for and respond to an actual nuclear attack, visit the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ready.Gov website.

This resource explains the hazards of a nuclear explosion and the necessity to take shelter if one occurs. It outlines what to do before, during, and after such an event.

It also emphasizes the importance of building an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan for you and your family.


The 411 on Minnesota’s Wireless and Emergency Alerts

HSEM Deputy Director Kevin Reed Talks about IPAWS

When an emergency happens in Minnesota, it’s the responsibility of public safety officials to inform the public right away. The goal? To get the right information to the right people at the right time so they can make the right decisions.

Minnesota counties, tribal nations and even the state accomplish this task through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Alerts on your cell phone are called wireless emergency alerts (or WEA) and alerts on the radio or TV are part of the emergency alert system (or EAS). Both are notifications sent by counties, tribal nations or the state through IPAWS.

Learn more about Minnesota’s system and how safeguards could prevent a false alarm from happening here.  

Featured Video

Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).