W E B I N A R O N - D E M A N D
Originally Aired 3/9/22
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How comprehensive is your emergency management plan? Threats of violence, extreme weather, and isolated incidents like fights or disruptive student behavior are just some of the several types of emergencies that schools must be prepared to handle. While some emergency preparedness plans will be relevant to any kind of emergency, there are situations when coordinated response and recovery efforts for a specific type of emergency are necessary. Additionally, while some emergencies can be handled within the school community ecosystem, many times emergency responses will involve external agencies such as law enforcement, fire departments, and other first responders.
Join us as we explore what it means to have a multi-hazard emergency management plan and dig into some of the crucial aspects of developing one for your schools. Possessing a wealth of experience in emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts, former Chief of Police at Dallas ISD Craig Miller, former Superintendent of Santa Fe ISD Dr. Leigh Wall, and former Superintendent of Joplin School District Dr. C.J. Huff will offer their perspectives during this panel discussion.
Chief Miller has spent more than 37 years protecting the citizens and students of Dallas. His expertise in emergency preparedness and response comes with both law enforcement and academic perspectives. From 2011 to 2019, Chief Miller served as Chief of Police for Dallas ISD, the 14th largest U.S. public school system with 159,000 students and 20,000 employees. Prior to that, his career began in 1982 with the Dallas Police Department, the 8th largest in the U.S. He progressed to Deputy Chief with assignments including overseeing all criminal investigations, the CSI function, Homicide Commander, and head of Special Investigations Unit (SIU). He has worked in narcotics, vice, traffic, bomb squad, computer crime analysis, SWAT, mounted patrol, canine, and Special Operations.
During her 14-year tenure as Superintendent of Santa Fe ISD, located in the Houston metropolitan area, Dr. Wall led the district through various emergencies, including the 2017- 2018 school year which included devastation from Hurricane Harvey as well as an active shooter mass shooting at Santa Fe High School. Her career encompasses 43 years of teaching, coaching and administrative leadership beginning in Baton Rouge, La. Prior to relocating to Texas. Dr. Wall continues to share the lessons she has learned in her career as she advocates for the overall health, safety, and well-being of students, staff, and the community in education.
Dr. Huff served as Superintendent of Joplin Schools from 2008-2015. During this time, the community suffered tragedy from a fatal tornado that killed 161 individuals, destroyed one-third of the town and destroyed 10 of the 19 school buildings in the district including the high school. His leadership during the recovery process is credited as bringing the devastated community together. He also tackled issues related to graduation rates, student well-being, community engagement, technology integration and more. During his 20-year career in education, Dr. Huff also served as a teacher, building principal and family farmer. He continues to support schools dealing with natural and man-made disasters and has consulted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services.