FEMA PrepTalk: Safety is Personal – Lesson Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech
Kristina Anderson’s PrepTalk, “Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” begins with her experience of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. She translates her experience into a focus on the importance of threat assessments in schools to identify and mitigate potential threats. She explains that it’s important to improve physical safety, but it’s just as important to encourage people to monitor their environment and to build a supportive culture in a school.
Anderson founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond, and heal in the aftermath of school violence.
- PrepTalks Discussion Guide: School Safety – Michele Gay and Kristina Anderson
- The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools
- Safe and Sound Schools
- Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Ready.gov – Active Shooter Resources
Q & A Session
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