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  Media Release by the WCSD: November 11, 2005
 
   
   

 

Superintendent Paul Dugan announces WCSD
emergency preparedness projects to be funded
by U.S. Department of Education grant.
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Federal Grant Bolsters Washoe County School District Security

Superintendent Paul Dugan announced today that the Washoe County School District has received a grant from the US Department of Education in the amount of $959,950 to improve school security and the district's ability to respond to emergencies.

Specifically, the grant will allow the district to employ the services of an outside contractor whose task will be to inventory all schools and other facilities to produce digital photographs and floor plans and to integrate them into an interactive electronic database on CDs. Other emergency responders such as fire, police and REMSA would be able to call up a virtual tour of the building on a laptop computer and know the complete layout of the site. When responding to an emergency, they would know exactly where everything in the was building was including all emergency shutoffs, gas and water lines and electrical panels. A few clicks of a mouse would take them anywhere in the facility or on the site.

School Police Mike Mieras said that, "When emergency responders arrive at a school, they are often unfamiliar with the layout of the building. Having this information at their fingertips will save precious time and allow them to do their job better and faster. Without doubt, this new technology could end up saving lives and protecting property.
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Hired to serve as the grant coordinator is Chris Smith, recently a vice-principal at Sparks High School. Mieras says Smith's job will be to coordinate the activities of the contractor and to involve the other local law enforcement agencies including both the Sparks and Reno police and fire departments, the Washoe County Sheriff's department and REMSA. Mieras said those other agencies will be critical to developing "an integrated, community-wide approach to emergency planning."

A second important component of the grant will be to complete a safety survey and audit of each school's emergency plan, standardize those plans and train the staff on a common incident command structure. The grant requires that all information be compatible with the National Incident Management System.

Following the naming of the outside contractor, work will be completed over an 18 month period. At the conclusion of all work, an outside third part evaluator will audit the project to ensure that all terms of the grant award have been fulfilled.


Hired to serve as the grant coordinator is Chris Smith, recently a vice-principal at Sparks High School. Mieras says Smith's job will be to coordinate the activities of the contractor and to involve the other local law enforcement agencies including both the Sparks and Reno police and fire departments, the Washoe County Sheriff's department and REMSA. Mieras said those other agencies will be critical to developing "an integrated, community-wide approach to emergency planning."

A second important component of the grant will be to complete a safety survey and audit of each school's emergency plan, standardize those plans and train the staff on a common incident command structure. The grant requires that all information be compatible with the National Incident Management System.

Following the naming of the outside contractor, work will be completed over an 18 month period. At the conclusion of all work, an outside third part evaluator will audit the project to ensure that all terms of the grant award have been fulfilled.


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