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Safety First: Frank Storch Keeping Your School Safe

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Frank Storch would like everyone who works with children and other institutional venues to be as up-to-date on the best practices for safety and security. That is why he wrote Keep Your School Safe, an easy-to-use guidebook which can be downloaded for free from the internet. This handbook offers many suggestions and tips on how to bring a school or any place where people gather to the highest level of security.

Frank Storch suggests that before a school even begins to make changes its administration should undertake a safety audit. The result of the audit will be a score which will help assess the present level of security at the school and how far it needs to go to be a truly safe place.

Here is an example of the kinds of questions the audit asks about school security:

Does your school’s Crisis Management Plan include procedures for bomb search, emergency evacuation, medical emergency, and hazardous materials, as well as natural disasters such as storm, fire and earthquake?

Those conducting the audit then check boxes in which they are asked how the school ranks for that question on a scale from 1-10; whether to consider implementing the suggestion; the start date for implementation of the suggestion; who the responsibility of the implementation  was assigned to; and the date of completion of the implementation.

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July 22nd, 2013 at 5:46 am

Safety is the Key: Frank Storch

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When it comes to concern for safety and security, Frank Storch’s handbook, Keep Your School Safe, has a wealth of information and advice which just about any school or other public institution can easily incorporate into its priority list.
Here are a few ideas taken from the handbook, which can easily be downloaded and used on site.
•    Are all the school’s safety and security protocols kept up to date?
•    Is a thorough assessment of the school’s safety and security protocols periodically conducted by security professionals and/or law enforcement? When was the last time such an assessment was completed?
•    If the assessment was done by a security professional, has the school contacted local law enforcement to ensure that any suggestions implemented comply with local laws and regulations?

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July 15th, 2013 at 8:04 am

Frank Storch, Preparedness and Crisis Management

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Frank Storch’s free safety guide, Keep Your School Safe, is loaded with great ideas which, if implemented, will make schools all over North America more secure and safe for our children.
Here are some examples of idea which can be utilized by all schools which will boost security:
•    Has the school designed or adopted a Crisis Management Plan- a set of safety and security protocols to address the potential of a safety crisis in school buildings or on school grounds?
•    Does the Crisis Management Plan include procedures for bomb search, emergency evacuation, medical emergency, and hazardous materials, as well as natural disasters such as storm, fire and earthquake?
•    Is the Crisis Management Plan accessible to all key personnel?

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July 9th, 2013 at 9:56 am

Frank Storch Explains How to Keep Your School Safe

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Frank StorchWhen you download Frank Storch’s guidebook to school security Keep Your School Safe, you will notice many specific ways to increase the security at your school, camp, or other institution. For example, here is one thing Frank Storch urges people to check about the safety level of their school:

“Has the school designed or adopted a Crisis Management Plan – a set of safety and security protocols to address the potential of a safety crisis in school buildings or on school grounds?”

If the answer is “yes,” then your school, and the children within are that much closer to being as safe as they can be.

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June 26th, 2013 at 11:10 am

Keep Your School Safe On Its Way to a School Near You

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During the month of May Jewish schools all over North America received a concise and

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School Safety is a Top Priority

easy to follow guide to school safety called, Keep Your Schools Safe. Written by Baltimore philanthropist and security expert Frank Storch the guide is a welcome addition to the resources administrators can utilize to make sure their schools are as safe as possible.

Frank Storch explains what motivated him to write and distribute the guidebook:

“It is imperative to review and tighten school safety and security measures,” asserts Mr. Storch, a security consultant, coordinator for CERT (the Community Emergency Response Team in Northern Park Heights) and an expert in security for over 35 years.

Jewish schools have a special need to be extra diligent. In addition to the terrible random violence that seems to be on the rise throughout the world and in the United States especially, Jewish institutions must be wary of violent crimes perpetrated for political or anti-Semitic reasons.

Frank Storch urges parents to get involved, too. They should encourage the administrators of their children’s schools to utilize Keep Your School Safe to make their school as safe as possible.

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June 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Frank Storch is Getting the Word Out: Keep Your School Safe

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Free Guidebook by Frank Storch Helps Keep Schools Safe

There is no question that parents, school administrators, teachers and other community leaders are concerned with the safety of the children and others who spend time in community institutions. But until now it has been a daunting task to know what steps to take to insure safety and security. Now, with the publication of the comprehensive handbook, Keep Your School Safe, community leaders have a step by step guide to achieving the kind of school security every child deserves.

Written by Frank Storch, security consultant and coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Northern Park Heights, Baltimore, the guide is now on its way to thousands of schools in the Jewish community, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community schools. Copies will also be sent to camps, synagogues and other Jewish institutions across North America. There is even a handbook being prepared now suitable for the general public at large.

The guidebook is endorsed by a number of security-focused organizations including The Secure Community Network (the National Homeland Security Initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations) and SWAT members.

Frank Storch, with the backing of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund of Baltimore are behind this important initiative to “keep our schools safe.” Hopefully together we can prevent such horrific events as the senseless murders of 26 young students, their teachers and other staff, that occurred last December in Newtown, Connecticut- the event that spurred Frank Storch into finally writing this critical guidebook.

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June 12th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Frank Storch Introduces Safety Handbook Online and in Hard Copy

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Guidebook Available On-line and in Hard Copy

In the wake of the murder of 26 people, including young children and teachers last December in Newtown, Connecticut, Frank Storch, an expert on security and safety, has written and easy-to-use handbook on school security.

“Keep Your School Safe” is a free guide aimed at those who are responsible for the safety and security of children on a daily basis, such as school administrators, yeshivah personnel, camp organizers and others. The guide directs responsible officials in how to check whether their institution is up-to-par as far as security is concerned and if there are lacks on campus, the guide directs those in charge as to how to beef up security until it is state-of-the-art.

In an effort to disseminate this booklet as widely as possible, Frank Storch, with the aid of the Chesed Fund of Baltimore and Project Ezra, printed and handed out 10,000 copies. In addition an on-line version is available, easily downloadable and printable, for no cost or obligation whatsoever.

As a security consultant and coordinator for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of Northern Park Heights in Baltimore, Frank Storch was able to create a guide which highly usable and is needed today more than ever.

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May 2nd, 2013 at 8:48 am