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 May 2007
Tech News

Homeland Security Committee Invites Participation in Proposed School Preparedness Guide

ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications invites all interested parties to participate in the development of a proposed new standard, WK8908, Guide for School Preparedness and All Hazard Response. WK8908 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures.

WK8908 will cover concepts, principles and best practices for all-hazards integrated emergency management programs in preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery for schools and school districts in preparation and response to a natural or man-caused incident. Types of situations that will be addressed in WK8908 include school shootings, hazardous material threats, natural disasters and other risks.

“It is our hope that this proposed standard will provide a compendium of the best practices, resources and knowledge regarding school system (kindergarten through 12th grade) planning in emergency operations and response,” says Joe Adams, one of the co-chairs of the WK8908 task group and director of emergency preparedness, NW Georgia Health District 1-1. “It is obviously needed, not only in the United States, but throughout the world,” adds Rick Tobin, task group co-chair and president and CEO, TAO Emergency Management Consulting.

Kay Goss, another co-chair of the task group and senior advisor for public safety and homeland security government solutions, Electronic Data Systems Corp., notes, “The proposed standard, as we envision it, will empower school officials to take action and give them a checklist of steps to take, developed by professionals in the field, with input from school stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, students, parents and members of surrounding communities.”

While WK8908 focuses on grades K-12, Adams notes that the task group is also considering other types of schools, colleges and universities and may address these types of schools in future standards.

The task group is particularly interested in receiving input for WK8908 from emergency preparedness and emergency management officials from throughout the world, as well as from school officials and students. //


Technical Information: Kay Goss, Electronic Data Systems Corp.,
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Phone: 703/736-4052

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