Enhancing situational awareness when addressing critical incidents at suburban and rural schools
O'Flynn, Patrick M.
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This research identifies some of the terrorism-related vulnerabilities in suburban and rural school district facilities and operations throughout New York State. An evaluation of the resources and technologies available to first responders (police, fire, and EMS personnel) was conducted through a survey instrument delivered to agencies in the state, in order to identify areas for improvement to response capabilities and protocols for critical incidents in suburban and rural schools. The research also identifies and evaluates emerging technologies that can improve situational awareness, enhance safety, and assist in applying these policies when addressing critical incidents at suburban and rural school districts. The study makes specific recommendations for districts in New York State and highlights useful information for communities across the nation to develop strategies and techniques for first responders to share geospatial information, increase response capabilities, improve effectiveness, promote safety, and reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats and acts of violence.
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