Keeping Schools & Communities Safe

Sept. 10 Workshop Focuses on School Safety

The interest and demand for school safety, security, climate, culture, and emergency preparedness has increased dramatically.

Prairie Lakes AEA is partnering with Safe Havens International to offer a free workshop designed to offer educators, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, community members, students, and families insights and approaches that have been used to successfully avert hundreds of planned and imminent school shootings.

The workshop will also cover the roots and causes of school violence, as well as what the past cases have taught us. Stereotypes and myths will also be highlighted, along with warning signs and what steps to take if you need to take action.

While schools consider an array of approaches, it is imperative that student threat assessment and management, suicide prevention and other proven behavioral prevention measures be more widely utilized by both school and community members. While there are no simple answers nor 100 percent effective approaches to prevent school shootings, there are approaches that have been used to successfully avert hundreds of planned and imminent school shootings.


There will be three options offered, with the same content shared at 8:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. The content for these presentations is geared for educators, counselors, mental health professionals, health care practitioners, and law enforcement personnel. Licensure renewal credit is available.

The evening session will be from 6-7:30 p.m. and will include similar information shared in the previous sessions, with a focus tailored to include parents, families, and the community.

All of these workshops are free and will be held in the Little Theater at Fort Dodge Senior High School. Visitors must enter through the main entrance located on the west side of the building.

Meet Presenter Chris Dorn

Chris serves as an Analyst with Safe Havens International, the world’s largest non-profit school safety center.

Safe Havens International experts have more than a century of global experience working with schools to enhance safety, emergency preparedness and recovery capabilities. It is the only firm in the world with analysts who have full-time government school safety center experience as well as full-time government homeland security work experience and in all four phases of school crisis planning.