Situational awareness, not “stranger danger” is the best strategy for keeping kids safe

Situational awareness, not “stranger danger” is the best strategy for keeping kids safe The concept of “stranger danger” is a common one for parents to employ when trying to ensure their children are safe. But that practice is limiting and doesn’t take into account a key factor: If harm is done to a child, it […]

Anticipation Often Key to Handling Summer’s Extremes at Care Centers

From searing heat to powerful storms to dangerous insects, summer’s extremes present a number of challenges for child care center workers as they manage safety. Already this summer many across the country have dealt with oppressive heat, damaging storms and devastating wildfires. When evaluating how you will respond to these situations, it is important to […]

Op-Ed: Building Safety Standards Must Take on Same Significance as Fire Codes

Just this month, we have again watched the disturbing images of innocent people dealing with the trauma of an active shooter situation. The terrible events in Orlando remind us once again of the current realities in our society. And another shooting incident earlier this month on the UCLA campus reminded me, as a law enforcement […]

Orlando Shooting

Jason Russell, president and founder of Secure Education Consultants, joins WZZM 13 to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando.  Watch the interview on wzzm.com

Field Trip Safety: Take Your Emergency Plans on the Road

For child care centers, summer is a busy time of year for field trips. Most days there are off-site activities planned, whether it’s a trip to a park, petting zoo or nature center. When you are taking children off site, it’s important to remember that you need a plan to minimize risks and hazards that […]

Lockdown vs. Sheltering in Place

A Lockdown is Not the Same as Sheltering in Place — and the Difference Matters During a Public Safety Threat  Very often when you hear of a public safety threat like the one this week on Capitol Hill, the terms “lockdown” and “shelter in place” are used interchangeably in media reports or other announcements. At one point during […]

Situational Awareness

Outbreaks of violence like the deadly shooting spree in Kalamazoo on Feb. 20 make us wonder how we would have reacted – and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. It is a natural response.  While there are some things we can keep in mind as we go about our lives,  I must […]

Talking To Kids About Violence

Processing events such as the apparently random shooting rampage in Kalamazoo over the weekend, killing six and injuring two, is hard enough for adults. It is even more challenging for children, who are often absorbing the same information as the adults in their lives but don’t have the context on how to react. The key […]

Discussing Warning Signs – WKZO 590

Jason Russell, founder of Secure Education Consultants, spoke with Jay Morris and Jim McKinney of the Kalamazoo Morning News AM 590 WKZO Radio on Monday, Feb. 22.   Jason discussed the warning signs that the alleged shooter in the Feb. 20 Kalamazoo shooting rampage likely exhibited prior to the shootings. These signs could have tipped off friends or colleagues […]

Keeping Kids Safe In School

SEC Founder, Jason Russell, recently sat down with Maranda from WOTV’s “Where You Live” to discuss the rise in school emergency preparedness and the steps parents can take to understand their child’s school’s training and emergency response plan. You can watch the full interview on woodtv4women.com