University of Southern Mississippi directors plan safety measure course

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - School administration, teachers and students across the country are confronting safety and security issues Monday, three days after the deadly massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Two directors at Southern Miss have their own ideas for safety measures after last weeks deadly shooting took the lives of 27 victims including 20 children, sparking a strong sense of vulnerability in many people's minds.

"Events like that can take place at any given day in any community," said Associate Director of Training and Business Development, Steven Miller.

Miller and the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Lou Marciani are developing a Risk Management Course to bring higher security measures to Kindergarten through 12 grades Interscholastic Athletic Events.

"First of all we talk about the hazards that we are faced with in our after school events, and that really centers around doing a vulnerability assessment, and a hazard assessment," said Miller.

School administration, faculty and staff would train to learn "people movement", another component of the course.

"The ways in which we respond, the situational awareness that we have around us and the way we are able to work with others to quickly address a problem and evacuate and move people away from a threat as soon as possible. It can literally mean lives," said Miller.

Miller adds school faculty and staff become the initial responders through this course. Miller says a key to the program is preparedness, which is a great first step in children's safety.

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