From enhancing online security to providing transportation tips for harsh weather conditions, Summit DD is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of those we serve. Keeping in line with our 2014 Operating Plan goals, the Agency is raising the bar once again by working with a leading security consultant to enhance safety protocols for staff and individuals supported by Summit DD.
In recent years, our nation has witnessed several isolated incidents of public violence. Law enforcement and security experts have studied the circumstances, responses, and outcomes of these tragedies in the hope of creating the most effective measures to keep people safe during emergencies. In partnership with the Security and Consulting Services firm, or SACS, Summit DD is taking advantage of these cutting edge protocols and security expertise by implementing Active Intruder Protocols for the Agency.
The primary aim of the Active Intruder Protocols is to provide the highest level of protection for our staff and those we serve. As Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk commented, “Protecting the people we support is one of the most important aspects of what we do. Taking these protocol measures helps to further ensure protection for everyone at Summit DD and beyond.”
As a critical part of the Active Intruder Protocols, an Emergency Action Plan has been created for each of Summit DD’s Centers. This plan provides critical guidelines on how to identify threats, seek protection and evacuate buildings. Understanding the Emergency Action Plan will mentally and physically prepare everyone involved to protect themselves and others during high risk emergencies.
Both staff and individuals supported by Summit DD will receive training from SACS professionals to ensure all safety protocols are understood and properly implemented in the case of an emergency. Assisting with training is Summit DD’s Safety Committee, which includes the Summit County Sheriff and staff members representing the Agency across its multiple locations.
“We’re being proactive,” stated Buck Buchanan, Operations Manager and Health and Safety Engineer. “Training kicked off this past March and will continue in the coming months at all of our Centers.”
Just as Summit DD is leading the way for inclusion in our communities, we aim to lead the way in safety procedures. We encourage everyone to learn more about best practices such as implementing Active Intruder Protocols. Together, we can make a safer environment—for everyone!