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Crisis Management

Lockdown: Why It Works!

Our lockdown is a great procedure...we don't need to replace it, but we can always enhance it by doing one thing...speed it up! 

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Take Aways:

  1. We have a great procedure for saving lives—the lockdown
  2. It's been proven over and over again to save lives
  3. We don't need to replace it, but to enhance it by speeding up how fast we can get into a lockdown


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4. What Do You Do When an Attacker Knows Your Plans?


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How to relate this to kids:

To survive a crisis, it's critical that the person has confidence in their procedures. If not, they will be willing to implement the designated strategy. We know that in the absence of a plan to follow, people will do any and everything...and often the wrong thing.


Our lockdown works and that's the message we need to be presenting to our school community. It's not only that positive thinking helps (it does of course), but because it's the truth.


Whenever you practice your lockdowns, always make sure to remember the critical role that confidence prepares in helping a person get through (survive) a tragedy and do everything you can to enhance it.



Thank You!