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Newtown tragedy heightens safety awareness

In light of the recent Newtown, Connecticut school tragedy, Forward in the Fifth would like to make schools and communities aware of some free resources its affiliate organization, The Center for Rural Development, has available.  Our hearts go out to each family and the entire community in the unfortunate series of incidents ending in the loss of life for 20 elementary students and six educators in mid-December.

The Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB RC) serves as a resource and outreach center for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), publicizing its programs and services to small, rural, tribal and border agencies across the country.  The SRTB Regional Center also provides general technical assistance to these agencies by identifying and documenting their needs, then coordinating with other NIJ Centers to find a solution to meet them.  Through a vast nationwide network of criminal justice subject-matter experts, engineers, academia and scientists, the SRTB Regional Center can quickly put agencies in touch with the right resource.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) develops and conducts high-quality trainings for our first responders throughout the rural regions of the country.  Desiring to equip these small and often resource-strapped agencies with the most current and relevant information and skills, individuals and entire departments may choose to enroll in online or on-site training courses free of charge.  These resources are made available through the Department of Homeland Security.  You may check out their entire training catalogue here or learn more about the specific school-based incident training by clicking here.

We encourage you to visit both of these partners to further uncover the available resources which you and your community may use to be better prepared in the event a future incident happens in your community.  As Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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