Unity College to host school crisis-preparedness program

Melik Peter Khoury, Unity College president (WGME).

UNITY (WGME) — Unity College is offering a two-day program to prepare schools to better deal with the possibility of a mass shooting.

The college is hosting the Public Safety and Crisis Management Institute on June 21 and 22.

A panel of Maine law enforcement officers will join experts around the country.

The college's president says the goal is to come away with plans to keep students safe.

“The most important thing out of this is going to be professionals from all over the region [exchanging] ideas,” said United College President Melik Peter Khoury. “And then some of our students are going to be exposed to that, that's more learning, so it’s really a place of convening to have a conversation about something that affects all of us."

The event's website says it "will introduce, educate and expand leaders’ knowledge base to assist them with responding and managing crisis situations to meet the needs of the constituents and communities they serve. Additionally, the participants will enhance their cultural competency skills to address the increased demographic shifts across the nation."

The series will offer a variety of workshops ranging, including:

  • active shooters
  • critical incidence and stress management
  • crisis and disaster plans
  • on-scene bereavement support and death notification
  • as well as bomb threats, chemical safety and hazardous materials

The last day to register for the event is May 30, and registration fees apply.

Registration for the event is open and people interested in attending can sign up on Unity College’s website.

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