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School Lockdowns: Ensuring Maximum Security and Code Compliance

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Wm. David Akins, Director of Product Management, Securitech Group, Inc.; with Mark J. Berger, President and Chief Product Officer, Securitech Group, Inc.
Sponsored by SSI Guardian, LLC a subsidiary of School Specialty, Inc.


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There are many different solutions and approaches to accomplishing a school lockdown. In this webinar, these methods were explained and evaluated by how well and how safely they meet the need for instant lockdown security, while still offering simplicity and speed of use, accessibility to First Responders, and operational longevity and reliability that all schools require during normal everyday use.

Schools are special areas of public assembly that are often difficult to instantly secure in an emergency, while still maintaining an intrinsically safe and code compliant environment for the building occupants. Understanding how different hardware elements must work together is critical to achieving a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors alike. David Akins and Mark J. Berger, both with Securitech Group, Inc., removed the mystery surrounding the correct uses of special locking devices and also help you better assess security and life safety conditions in your school and college facility.

Topics included:

  •  How to recognize and identify the problems presented by different types of door openings in schools.
  • How to use the recommendations of the Homeland Security Primer to Design Safe School Projects to assess their security plans.
  • How to apply the relevance of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environment Design) principles.

School administrators, district superintendents, teachers, facility managers, security directors, and building architects will benefit from this webinar.

david akinsDave Akins is the Director of Product Management for Securitech. His background in the door and hardware industry spans over four decades.  In that time, he has worked as a locksmith, lock manufacturer, special-locking product developer, national sales manager. He is a specialized door hardware consultant.  Dave is active in the New York metro area for the Red Cross, and he is the District Emergency Coordinator for Nassau County ARES and the president of ARCECS radio. He also is active in Nassau County OEM/RACES emergency radio communications.



mark bergerMark Berger is the President of Securitech, and serves as Chair of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Codes Committee. He is also the Vice-Chair of ASIS School Safety and Security Council, and he authored the AIA accredited class “Safe School Locking.” Mark holds several patents in the locking field, and he had participated in the design and development of many innovative solutions, including the first FEMA 361 approved windstorm shelter locking devices.






guardian logoAbout SSI Guardian, LLC a subsidiary of School Specialty, Inc.
For more than 56 years, School Specialty has served the educational community as a leading solutions provider. Through its newest subsidiary, SSI Guardian, that service continues in the most important area: school safety. Setting the new industry standard, SSI Guardian advanced training curriculum is evidenced-based and PhD-authored to meet academic standards and is currently part of an emergency management course taught at Methodist University. This advanced program is customized to meet your school’s specific needs and is delivered in a live interactive setting by some of America’s premier protective security experts whom have protected US Presidents, high ranking dignitaries and Hollywood mega stars. Through its comprehensive approach, SSI Guardian offers tier one consulting, advanced training and product and technology solutions. Our children and our teachers deserve nothing less than the best to achieve the safest school environment possible.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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