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Active Shooter Preparedness for Those Working with Children: Protecting Our Most Precious

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Active Shooter Preparedness for Those Working with Children: Protecting Our Most Precious

Presented by Andrew (Andy) Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, Executive Director, Institute for Childhood Preparedness
Moderated by Jennifer Lewis, President, Gryphon House, Inc.

Sponsored by Gryphon House

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The key to emergency preparedness is right there in the name—preparation! The time to create your emergency plan is not during an actual emergency. Sadly, events of the past few years have put society more on edge than any time in recent memory. Crime is on the rise and is at record highs in many locations. Unfortunately, active shooter events are also on the rise. There were 611 mass shootings in 2020 and 693 in 2021—including an all-time high number of school shootings. Are you prepared?

Watch this edWebinar with leading expert Andrew Roszak from the Institute for Childhood Preparedness to learn actionable steps you can take to help make your school, Head Start program, child care facility or after-school program more safe and secure. Andrew provides an overview of evidence-based approaches and discusses ways to reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities that are common among child-serving institutions.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the PreK-5 grades.

Andrew RoszakAbout the Presenter

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, serves as Executive Director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, as Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region II Head Start Association, and as an adjunct professor in the school of community and environmental health at Old Dominion University. Andrew is also the author of the three-book series, Preparing for the Unexpected, which includes Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter (A 2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award winner in two categories), Preschool Preparedness for an Emergency, and Recovering and Reopening after a Disaster. Andrew has worked on emergency preparedness issues at the local, regional, state, and federal levels for the past 20 years. He was formerly the senior director of emergency preparedness at Child Care Aware of America; senior preparedness advisor supporting Super Bowl 46; senior public health advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and senior director of environmental health, pandemic preparedness, and catastrophic response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he worked with the CDC and the 3,100 local health departments in the U.S. each day to help prepare communities for pandemics and disasters.

Andrew began his emergency preparedness career as a firefighter, paramedic and certified as a hazardous materials technician in the Chicagoland area. After leaving the fire service, he attended law school at Southern Illinois University, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree and Master of Public Administration degree. Andrews’s bachelor’s degree is in fire science management from the Chicago Fire Academy–SIU Off-Campus Programs Division. Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in 2008, he served as Health Policy Fellow for the United States Senate Budget and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees during the 110th and 111th Congress. Andrew is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is currently enrolled in Harvard University’s Early Education Leadership Program.

Jennifer LewisAbout the Moderator

Jennifer Lewis is the president at Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents.

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Monday, March 21, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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