Regional Safe Schools Network

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8


In an effort to support districts safety, prevention, and emergency response, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Regional Safe Schools Network (RSSN). This session will provide participants the opportunity to network and discuss current, relevant safety issues in schools and to identify practical, workable solutions. Participants will engage in a simulation of the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) as well as learn about the Beyond Lockdown program offered by INPAX. Through discussion, sharing, and heightened awareness area school district representatives, emergency management, and emergency responders will narrow gaps regarding Safe Schools and Emergency Preparedness.

Spring 2016 Regional Safe Schools Network

Monday, May 9th, 9am-12pm

4500 6th Avenue

Altoona, PA

Location: Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

Executive Offices

4500 Sixth Avenue

Altoona, PA 16602

Light morning refreshments will be provided

Cost: FREE

If you are a member of a school district, please click on the link below to register your attendance.


If you are an Emergency Responder or a member of Law Enforcement, please call Shelby Petrick at (814) 940-0223 extension 1354 to register for this event.

FEATURED: Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is the trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share sensitive but unclassified information. IU8 has partnered with HSIN to provide its districts a needed platform to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and share the information they need to keep school communities informed, safe and secure.

Network Overview

School Emergency Response Teams - This presentation will provide the rational and framework for establishing and training school emergency response teams at a building level. There will be an overview of the roles and responsibilities of emergency response teams based on a NIMS format.

Presenter: Coleen Heim, Safe Schools Consultant

Blair County Notifications/Communications Protocol - This presentation will provide an overview on the development of a notifications protocol between schools, law enforcement, and the Blair County 911 Center in the event of an incident in the community that may affect the safety of school staff, students, and visitors.

Presenters: Chief Timothy Mercer, Logan Township Police

Mark Taylor, Blair County Emergency Management Agency

Coleen Heim, Safe Schools Consultant

Overview of Beyond Lockdown - ACIRT Training- While the traditional school "lockdown" may work in certain situations, those dealing with these events may need to consider additional solutions or related life-saving actions.

Presenters: Sam Rosenberg, INPAX

Bo Garritano, INPAX

Safe Schools


Contact Jennifer Anderson

Assistant Director of Educational Programs and Services

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8