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Incidents of Violence Roundtable | Keenan

July 13, 2021 by Eric Preston

More than one mass casualty event per day occurred in the U.S. during 2022 to date, including the devastating loss of 19 children and two teachers at a Texas school in May. AP Keenan recently held an expert panel roundtable to address questions, concerns and approaches to Active Assailant Risk Management. If you were not able to attend this online webinar live, you may watch a recording of the presentation below:

The issues surrounding active assailant incidents in our schools are complex and our panel approached the subject from a variety of perspectives and to the root causes. Among the topics covered are:

  • State of Student Mental Health
  • The impacts of COVID
  • Evolving practices; old practices updated for our new challenges
  • The three categories of Crisis prevention/management: Pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis

Our multidisciplinary panel members all have had direct, real-world experience with incident management and response to violence and natural disasters affecting schools:

  • Bill Clayton, Director, IMReady Emergency Operations Expert
  • Brian Erdelyi, Director IMReady Law Enforcement Specialist
  • Tom DeLapp, Crisis Communication and Public Information Officer Specialist
  • Dr. Gail Angus, Student Behavior Specialist

The panel responded to questions submitted by the attendees before and during the webinar to address the planning process applicable to school districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural.

About Eric Preston
Eric Preston is Vice President, Loss Control Services at AP Keenan. He leads a statewide team of specialists assisting clients with services to reduce hazards, and improve property & casualty loss experience.