MSGIA-Provided Safety

MSGIA-Provided Safety and Security Risk Management Resources with Secure Educational Consultants

By Shawn Bubb, Director of Insurance Services

The MSGIA has been adjusting our risk management resources annually to adapt to the changing Montana educational landscape.  This school year is no exception. We want to start you off on the right foot with information that helps your staff best address what will be coming their way. To that end, the MSGIA will be working more closely beginning this academic year with a long-time risk management partner to our pool, Secure Educational Consultants.  Many of our members have likely heard and seen the SEC President, Jason Russell, talk on various security and general school risk management topics.

Last school year the MSGIA engaged Jason and his SEC team to provide three webinar-style trainings at different times during the year.  We plan to do so again for FY22.  Each of these webinars will be recorded and available for viewing by MSGIA members after the originally scheduled date.  The first will focus on establishing priorities for School Safety and Security Programs based on Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk.  It will be held on September 28th from 9:00 to 10:00 am, and we will provide information to the membership regarding the other two topics and corresponding dates later in the year.

In addition to the three-part webinar series, all MSGIA members will have access to On-Demand social media monitoring.  This service provides the member the ability to turn on focused, open-source social media monitoring to mitigate and/or eliminate risks from a specific person the district, its employees, or students have deemed potentially harmful due to received threats or threatening behaviors.  These services have significantly helped many of our members experiencing these unwelcome and often threatening situations. In many instances, they have enabled them to address the issues and, in the process, work toward positive outcomes.  If you are in need of this type of assistance during the year, please reach out to me or Matt Komac in the MSGIA offices.

Members in our property and liability program also have access to three additional SEC resources during the FY22 school year:

  • An SEC online membership that provides access to site assessment resources, online critical response training course materials for staff, and emergency preparation resources.
  • On-call Crisis Assistance – this valuable service allows MSGIA PC pool members to reach out to SEC staff for guidance in accessing, planning, and communicating effectively following security or safety-related crisis affecting students and/or staff.
  • Virtual Security Service Support – this includes a Virtual Site security assessment and Virtual Critical Incident Response Training sessions for district-assigned personnel. This type of training represents a key component of every district’s emergency preparatory plan.

We at the MSGIA find great comfort knowing that our members have the support of such high-caliber risk management professionals as you will find on the SEC team, a group that rightly claims to provide presidential-level risk management services to its clients.

Please reach out if you would like to know more about access any of these services talked about above.

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