Sunday, March 12, 2000

Schools planning for crises

Warren seeks coordination

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Warren County rescue workers want to prepare for the worst. When children are involved, they are making sure their plans are in order.

        Education and public safety leaders will gather Monday in Warren County. They will discuss responses to situations such as fires, tornadoes and violence.

        School violence across the nation has forced officials to closely examine how they handle emergencies, said Frank Young, director of Warren County Emergency Services.

        “Any crisis is confusing. Our goal is to minimize the confusion by coming up with a unified, countywide plan,” Mr. Young said.

        All schools are required to have emergency response plans in place. What the committee wants to do is make sure those are familiar and coordinated so police and fire officials can easily adjust to crisis situations, no matter where in the county, he said.

        Dubbed the Warren County School Emergency Planning Committee, the group of school leaders and public safety officials will meet at 1 p.m. at the sheriff's department.

        Most local police and fire departments are familiar with their own schools' plans. But if an event turns serious or even deadly, it is likely sheriff's deputies, Ohio troopers and even FBI agents would be called in, Mr. Young said.

        That is why uniformity among the various districts is so important, he added. While the players may not be the same for every emergency, at least the way they are handled would be familiar.

        The committee wants to have a plan in place by the end of the year, Mr. Young said.


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