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Response requires optimal use of the school’s resources and skills to take decisive and effective action when a crisis situation has occurred. In addition to ensuring continuity of school operations is the even more demanding challenge of responding to the psychological and emotional needs of those who have been traumatized by their experience. From the moment a crisis begins, every action and reaction can affect mental health outcomes. Implementing a well- planned protocol for evacuating a building and reuniting families, for example, can reduce the level of fear and anxiety that may accompany an emergency.

In the days and weeks that follow a critical event, the psychologically charged environment will pose its own set of challenges. Awareness of behavioral and cognitive stresses brought on by trauma is an important step in knowing how best to respond. Contact A Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative to learn how we can help your school and your community be ready to respond.

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