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Gryphon House Releases Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter

Lewisville, N.C. – Gryphon House, Inc. announces Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter, a practical, preemptive guide for early childhood professionals to prepare for emergencies.

FBI data reports 250 mass shootings in the United States that killed 799 people between 2000 and 2017. Consequently, public institutions are required by law to follow rules and regulations to train for emergency responses; several states have enacted or are considering enacting regulations specific to early childhood programs.

“No one wants to consider an active shooter on campus, but recent tragic events illustrate a clear and imminent need to prepare educators for these threats,” said Andrew Roszak. “My intention is not to cause anxiety or fear but to empower educators with tools and active-shooter response techniques to protect themselves and the children in their care.”

The first book in the Preparing for the Unexpected series, Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter acknowledges the harsh realities and challenges of emergency preparedness. Learn to:

  • Develop situational awareness
  • Create rings of security in your facility
  • Promote a culture of safety
  • Respond in an emergency
  • Conduct effective drills
  • Instill emergency practices in children that will last a lifetime

The odds of a child being a victim in a school-associated shooting are extremely low—1 in 2.5 million—compared to dying in a car accident (1 in 491) or being struck by lightning (1 in 3,000). However, educators must be prepared and properly trained to protect the children in their care.

Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter is widely available March 1, 2020.

About the Author

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P, is executive director at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, an organization enhancing emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for early childhood professionals. With 20+ years’ experience, he is also chief of preparedness, Health and Environment, for the Region 2 Head Start Association and contributed to the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual. Previously, he was senior director, emergency preparedness at Child Care Aware of America.


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