ERIC Number: ED474399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Proactive Guide for the Threat of Terrorism in Schools.
Texas School Safety Center, San Marcos.
Although American schools have not been targeted for terrorist activity, circumstances do warrant that schools adopt a heightened state of awareness. This guide addresses the potential for terrorist activity within the context of September 11, 2001, and the new reality America faces. A significant portion of the information in this guide was compiled from federal, state, and local agencies that share responsibility for keeping the public safe and informed. It contains a prevention/awareness checklist that makes recommendations with steps and participants to consider, and completion dates. With regard to biological terrorism, the guide discusses how to recognize suspicious packages and what to do if a bio-threat is received by phone. It also contains questions and answers about anthrax, botulism, and smallpox. Chemical terrorism, and bombs and explosives are discussed. Disaster planning differs from most other types of planning because the utter chaos that commonly accompanies such situations needs to be considered; recommended steps are presented with that caveat in mind. Terrorism and emergency preparedness resources are listed at the end of the guide. The information is current and will be updated on a timely basis. (Contains 10 resource Web site addresses.) (RT)
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Prevention, School Safety, Terrorism, Violence
Texas School Safety Center, 601 University Drive, ASB South 3rd Floor, San Marcos, TX 78666. Tel: 512-245-3696; Fax: 512-245-9033; Web site: http://www.txssc.swt.edu. For full text: http://www.txssc.swt.edu/terrorism_proactive_guide.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Governor's Office, Austin. Criminal Justice Div.
Authoring Institution: Texas School Safety Center, San Marcos.