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What we learned in St. Louis: Supporting another local campus through the CVPA high school shooting

Our team was recently on the ground in St. Louis, MO when a former student opened fire at a local high school — Central Visual and Performing Arts...

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How to Evaluate Your School’s Security Provider

If your school has hired a contract company to provide campus security services, you likely asked yourself an important question when making your...

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Putting the pieces together: How “connection assessments” support students and strengthen safety

In the school safety world, we often talk about “risk assessments” and “threat assessments” as important tools to keep communities safe. To be sure,...

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Monkeypox: What to Know and How to Mitigate your Community’s Risk

Over the past few weeks, the monkeypox virus has been spreading quickly, prompting a recent wave of public health emergency declarations at the...

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Laying the Groundwork for a Safe Back-to-School Season

It’s August, which means back-to-school season has officially begun. Whether you’ve already welcomed students back onto campus, or you’re knee-deep...

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Meet Our Board of Advisors

The Joffe Team is proud and delighted to introduce our Board of Advisors. Composed of distinguished professionals spanning the education, health, law...

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Health Coordinators Reveal the Top Reasons Students Visit the School Health Office

School nursing isn’t what it used to be. Routine activities like lice screenings and keeping health records updated are still very necessary, yet the...

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School Cybersecurity - Short and Long Term Steps to Protect your Community

In recent years, cyberattacks have been getting both more frequent and more sophisticated. From Aug. 14 to Sept. 12, 2021, educational organizations ...

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What to know about CDC’s new mask guidance

Last Friday, CDC issued new mask guidance that revises the criteria by which communities - including schools - should consider wearing masks. The...

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Supporting students and staff with processing recent world events

The recent news of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine is shaking many of our communities. Students and staff alike are likely grappling with a mix of...

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Four Years Later: Reflections on the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

The world has changed quite a bit since February 14, 2018, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida endured a senseless and...

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An Endemic State of Covid-19: What Will it Mean for Schools?

Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of the WHO’s declaration of Covid-19 as a global pandemic. Two years in, we’re beginning to see...

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Growing and Evolving to Meet Our Clients’ Needs

New developments, roles and commitments at Joffe Emergency Services

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5 things we expect to see in 2022, and how to prepare for them

Wondering what the new year might bring? Here’s our best (educated) guess about what schools will face in 2022. It’s paired with our best advice for...

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What will it take to come back stronger and safer in 2022?

The calendar year is coming to a close, but we are far from the end of the road when it comes to student behavior challenges. While the winter break...

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Update on the TikTok School Challenge List

Since it began trending in mid-September 2021, the “TikTok Schools Challenge” has put educators and school staff on alert. The challenges provide...

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Back to Basics - Essentials of School Safety in the 2021-22 School Year

A few months into the year, we’re battling an uptick in fights and weapons that’s causing a wave of fear and anxiety across campuses. At the same...

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Best Practices for Earthquake Safety in Schools - At-A-Glance

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there were more than 1600 earthquakes of a 5.0 or higher magnitude in 2019, resulting in...

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Emergency Notification Systems (ENS)

Emergency notification systems have been in widespread use since the early 1950s when CONELRAD was developed and put into place. This nationwide...

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At A Glance: Epi-Pens & Allergic Reactions

What are Allergic Reactions?

As defined by the Mayo Clinic, an allergy is “when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance...or a food that...

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CPR Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We sat down with our director of Get CPR Done, Felicia Gonsalez, to talk about the impact that the pandemic has had on CPR training.

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At-A-Glance: CPR Training

CPR is one of the most basic and essential first aid and emergency response skills to know. According to Felicia Gonsalez, our director for Get CPR...

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At-A-Glance: Fire

The next topic of our At-A-Glance series is the next most direct and simple emergency to handle: a fire on campus. 

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At-A-Glance: Lockdowns

Lockdowns are scenarios in which campus is called to stop all movement on and off of campus because of a direct or nearby threat to staff and/or...

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Strategies To Handle Socializing For Children During the Pandemic

One of the challenges that parents have shared about the continued pandemic is the issue of how to maintain proper relationships and socialization...

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Leadership Under Fire

Through the experience of supporting schools throughout the U.S. and now the world, Joffe has learned a thing or two about emergency management and...

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Impact of COVID 19 on Schools' Emergency Prep - Interview with Hope Kaye

We sat down this week with our Director of Emergency Management, Hope Kaye. Hope has been involved in emergency services for five years, having...

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We’re Still Running A Marathon: The Vaccine Is A Mile Marker

My last marathon was March 8, right before Covid-19 shifted our day to day lives in ways many never anticipated. Because it was my last “normal” day,...

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Lessons Learned From A Health Coordinator During the COVID 19 Pandemic

We sat down with Emily, the Health Coordinator for an Independent School in the Bay Area in California, to talk about how the pandemic has affected...

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How to Effectively Board Up Windows

During times of particular challenge within our greater community, we've experienced civil unrest. During those times, it can be helpful to have...

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Kitchen Safety During the Holidays

Kitchen Safety During the Holidays

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Voting In Person: How to Do So Safely During the COVID 19 Pandemic

The 2020 American presidential election is set to take place on November 3, but early voting has already begun in most states. Given the current...

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Halloween: Trick-or-Treating Safety During COVID 19

Having reached a point in the year where many large holidays are quickly looming on the horizon, questions have begun to arise about the best...

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Elections: Preparing For The Unpredictable

In any given election year, October is a busy one. Election and candidate information dominate the news cycle. We are bombarded by positive and...

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Are You Ready To Shakeout?

With 330 million people living and working in the United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a...

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Where Do We Look For Information On Covid-19?

What Is This About?

We're often asked about where we get the latest Covid-19 Information. Below, we're sharing with y'all a quick summary of some of...

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Joffe's Perspective on the Lockdown Drill Report

Every decision a school makes centers on this equation - is this what’s best for the community? Of course, it’s a complex world and these decisions...

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After A Wildfire: Hillside Erosion Mitigation

If you’ve engaged with any Joffe resources, articles, or blog posts in the last year, there’s a good chance you read something about wildfires. We...

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Expert Recommendations on School Healthcare

The American School Health Association (ASHA) is an international organization that has spent almost a century assisting schools in their mission to...

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AED Maintenance for Schools

Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are one of the most essential tools that school communities have to keep their people safe. As a brief...

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How Schools Should Handle Personally Identifiable Information

Privacy has always been a challenge and concern for schools, even before every single individual on campus began carrying powerful technology in...

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Guide to Visitor Management Systems in Schools

From our perspective, the most important goal or element in effective school safety protocols is knowing exactly who is on campus at any given time....

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What the Google Calendar Outage Can Teach Us About Business Continuity

At least for me, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as checking off items on my to-do list. The size or relative importance of the task isn’t the...

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It Might Not Feel Like It, But...

It is absolutely normal to be concerned about things that are statistically unlikely to happen. Anyone watching me white-knuckle the armrest during...

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Recovery is A Ruff Process: Therapy Dogs and the Aftermath of Emergency on Campus

We’ve written before about how recovering from emergencies can be a long, complicated process. The hard work of rebuilding a campus and/or a...

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Managing School Insurance Claims: What You Need To Know

Leading your school community through its recovery from an emergency or crisis is a long, long process. One of the challenges is navigating through...

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Keeping Students Engaged in Emergency Drills

Emergency drills have become a controversial or at least widely discussed topic in school safety for a myriad of reasons. If done purposelessly or...

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School in the City: Thinking About Safety for Urban Environments

I feel lucky to have grown up where I grew up. My high school, Charles D. Owen High (Go Warhorses!) is nestled in the Swannanoa Valley, surrounded...

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Chris Joffe's Perspective on Reports Regarding Active Shooter Drills at Meadowlawn Elementary School In Indiana

 

As an expert in the field of school emergency preparedness, I must share the shame, disappointment, and frustration I felt after hearing how...

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Tabletop Drills, Crisis Management, and School Safety Plans

Hey. We're proud of you. Take a moment to appreciate the hard work you've done on the path to emergency preparation and school safety. (If you know...

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Talking About Lockdown Drills With Students

Lockdown drills are a necessary part of any good school safety plan. Knowing what to do in an emergency (and having practiced it enough to be able to...

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Dealing With Boredom in an Emergency

In our field of school safety and emergency preparedness, we often deal with people who are feeling high levels of stress, anxiety, and fear. While...

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School Safety Best Practices (According to Michigan)

If this is the only school safety blog you belong to, (and hey, more power to you if it isn't!) you may have missed the state of Michigan's School...

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Recovery is a Long Game: PTSD Following Disasters

 

We aren't breaking any news when we note that the recovery process following a disaster is a long and complex process. Schools and communities will...

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How to Safely Clean Up after a Fire

When your home, school, office, or other space is impacted by a fire, the desire to rebuild is strong. The first step of restoration, cleaning up,...

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Listening, Not Profiting

Over the past few years, a positive consensus seems to have developed. The core of that consensus is that we must find ways to protect our schools...

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Risk Management, Prioritization, and Poetry (?)

Just as you expect from your community safety blog post, today starts with a poem from the American author Mary Oliver (Hey, it's Friday, right?). We...

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The Window of Life

One of the major ways Joffe Emergency Services supports our school partners throughout the country is by providing CPR and First Aid training and...

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Correctly Caring for Campus Concussions

Perhaps the title of this blog post sacrificed some clarity for the sake of alliteration, so here's what it's about. One of the more common injuries...

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When (and How) To Help In An Emergency

We often talk about safety preparation at Joffe, and for good reason. Preparation allows for people to make confident, correct decisions in a...

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How To Build a Great Emergency Kit

Your school's supply shed is filled with all of the emergency supplies needed to keep campus functioning for up to 72 hours following a disaster or...

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Thinking About Threat Assessment

One of the most important elements to the Joffe approach to school safety is our belief that necessary safety improvements are more likely to stick...

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How To Establish Safe Traffic Procedures At Your School

As the school year picks back up at its typical leisurely pace (a joke!), we’re welcoming smiling faces back to campus, both familiar and brand-new....

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Backwards Planning and School Safety

I stumbled upon a great article recently that got me thinking about school safety. Now, that may have been because I’m always thinking about school...

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Summer Safety Tips: Dangerous Toys

 

Our summer safety series rolls on, this time touching on the bane of many a parent’s foot on a dark night - toys. The organization World Against...

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Summer Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Kids Safe at the Beach and Pools

Our summer safety tips roll on with a (verbal) trip to one of the best ways to beat the heat-the water! We know that the summer is one of the more...

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Summer Safety Tips: On the Road Again

Driving an automobile, like many of the tasks we do daily and unthinkingly while overlooking the complexity, is performed through numerous smaller...

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Keeping Schools Safe Doesn't Have to Be Hard(ened)

A recent article in the National Business Officers Association’s (NBOA) NetAssets magazine (an excellent resource for independent schools around the...

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Learning Through Storytelling: After The School Shooting In Parkland, FL

To be completely honest with you, the reader, I was anxious when I was tasked with writing this post. The goal was to share my thoughts on a story...

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The National School Walkout

As students across the nation prepare to walk out of schools on March 14, we stand ready to receive their message.  Regardless of your school’s...

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Lockdown Door Devices: What Are Your Options?

There are many devices on the market that can increase security in a lockdown situation. Finding the right solution for your campus will take...

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Hawaii's False Alarm: What Schools Can Learn

If you live in Hawaii, last weekend you experienced quite a scare… Maybe if you live anywhere. As many of you know there was a false alarm sent out...

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Who's Your Incident Commander?

Woah, that’s a new term. Let’s start at the beginning:

The Incident Command System is a program developed to manage emergencies and most importantly,...

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Emergency Preparedness and the New Year

The last month of the year has so many meanings for different communities. In business, it is often a time to set goals and financials for the coming...

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“How will your team be prepared when ‘the big one’ hits?”

That’s a question we get a lot about our emergency line.

First, some context:

Being a responsible partner in safety, means having a process in place...

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“They Live Their Lives in the PM”

 

I was sitting in a meeting the other day and the subject turned to everyone’s worst nightmare – an emergency after school. A client – who shall...

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Emergency Preparedness in the Home

As September comes to an end, it wraps up with National Preparedness Month. This is a national campaign dealing with an actual disaster. Visit their ...

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What do you think is the most dangerous thing Americans do each day?

Based on national statistics, approximately 30,000 people will die in vehicular accidents this year, with many of those accidents involving teenage...

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Keeping Risk Management in Mind When Planning an Event

 

When planning for an event, nobody wants to think about the bad things that can happen. Not even us!

Imagine this. You’re hosting your company’s...

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EpiPen4Schools

Mylan, the maker of EpiPens, made headlines in August 2016 for the increased pricing of the most popular medication delivery device sold to treat...

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A Swarm of Bees

Someone forwarded me this email, titled “Lockdown Averted”. You may be thinking that’s crazy. Maybe you’re even thinking, “why am I still reading...

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School Security

Last month I was visiting my parents in Texas. My mother asked me if I could pick up my nephew from school and of course I was happy to oblige. I...

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