Austin Brown

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Upcoming Training: AWR148 – Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents (RDPC) [January 2023]

AWR 148 is an 8-hour, DHS/FEMA-certified, tuition-free course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23 percent of the total student population (more than 11 million students).

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Creating, Practicing, and Implementing Plans for Family Reunification Before, During and After an Emergency (REMS TA) [January 2023]

Emergency management planning is very important because many incidents, whether caused by hazards or threats, are unpredictable. When unpredictable incidents occur, they may prevent a normal school dismissal, thereby making it difficult for families to reunite with students. A Family Reunification Appendix can be created as a part of a school emergency operations plan (EOP) …

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Public Information Officer – Resources (NH HSEM) [December 2022]

FEMA – Emergency Management Institute (EMI) The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Public Information Officer (PIO) training program is designed to provide PIOs with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to support proper decision-making by delivering the right message, to the right people, at the right time. Public information is a vital function in disaster operations …

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Rollout Event: Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016 – 2020 (U.S. Secret Service) [December 2022]

On January 25, 2023, the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) will publish, Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016 – 2020, which analyzes 173 attacks that impacted workplaces, schools, houses of worship, military bases, public transportation sites, open spaces, and other public locations. In conjunction with this release, NTAC will deliver a nationwide …

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School Readiness Training & Exercise Program (NH HSEM) [December 2022]

The purpose of conducting trainings/ exercises is to assess, practice, and improve in the five phases of the preparedness cycle which include prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from school-based incidents in a no-fault environment. It is recommended that schools participate in activities year round to allow for a continuous cycle of process improvement for emergency readiness. The School Readiness Program is able to assist in these efforts.

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PRESS RELEASE – Safety Video, Resources Shared with School Districts Across New Hampshire as Students Return to Classrooms (NH HSEM) [August 2022]

CONCORD, N.H. – On Monday, August 29, 2022, the New Hampshire Department of Safety and the New Hampshire Department of Education released a Back to School Safety video to school districts throughout the state.

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School Readiness Program (NH HSEM) [August 2022]

The School Readiness Program is responsible for working with public and non-public K-12 schools to provide assistance with reviewing their site-specific emergency operations plans, facilitating school-based trainings and exercises, conducting physical security assessments, and coordinating the NH School Safety Preparedness Task Force. Together these measures combined with industry best practices ensure New Hampshire schools are …

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Text to 9-1-1 (NH DESC) [June 2022]

Text-to-9-1-1 is FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY! Text to 9-1-1 Information Text-to-9-1-1 allows residents in dangerous situations who are unable to risk the noise of a call to send a text for help. This will help save lives and must be used responsibly. Texting should only be used when a voice call is not possible, as voice calls …

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Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Registration (NH DESC) [June 2022]

Why register AEDs? It is critical to make AEDs accessible in emergencies and NH state law (RSA 153-A:33) requires owners to register their devices with the Department of Safety within 30 days of acquisition. By registering new devices, it ensures AEDs will be accessible in emergencies and enables our 9-1-1 dispatchers to accurately direct callers to a nearby AED.

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School Reunification Game (NH HSEM) [May 2022]

The purpose of the School Reunification Game is to focus on current plans, policies, agreements, and procedures and discuss how participants would act during and following a particular incident. Problems are solved as a group.

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