KSU Security & Safety Training

Kennesaw State University’s Strategic Security and Safety Department realizes that regardless of how many policies and procedures are created to support the University’s Emergency Preparedness and Response protocols, the only way to ensure readiness by our students, faculty and staff, is to test those procedures using tabletops, drills and exercises. 

Click here to read about KSU's drill and exercises.

However, in order to test efficiently, there must be pertinent training in every discipline that applies.

Crisis Management Program

Currently with 150+ Coordinators, these people are stationed within the main 5 buildings on and off campus and are trained in Security awareness, Evacuation    and Sheltering In procedures, Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher usage, First Aid and AED, Hazardous Materials awareness and Terrorism Awareness.

Each Crisis Coordinator has the opportunity to enroll in KSU’s Crisis Coordinator Certification Program consisting of four (4) modules of (1) Introduction to KSU’s Crisis Management Responsibilities and the Red Book concept emphasizing the use of CPO Tracker, (2) Life Safety consisting of First Aid – AED – Fire Extinguisher use, (3) Emergency Operations emphasizing how Crisis   Coordinators interact and support the KSU Public Safety Department as well as other responding agencies through the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) and (4) Terrorism and Incident Awareness with overviews of the latest trends through briefings from agencies from the FBI, CIA and other federal, state and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Active Shooter DVD Presentations

Active Shooters, those categorized as such through such massacres as the Virginia Tech shootings where 32 were killed and 15 wounded, Northern Illinois shootings killing 6 and wounding 18, and at LSU which a nursing student killed two, have been over within a very few minutes. Most of the shooters resorted to killing themselves. Prior to these shootings, the police protocol was historically to respond with the initial police presence, and then wait for other   support. This was the example of the University of Texas at Austin with Charles Whitman holed up in the Tower and ultimately shot after killing 14 and wounding 32 along with the Columbine HS shootings  of killing 13 and wounding 21 by two high school students.  Although Police response procedures have changed in order to use “first responders” as trained in shooting incidents, the realization that many people are on their own within those first 3-5 minutes in a survival mode. 

KSU’s Strategic Security and Safety has taken on the responsibility of training its Students, faculty and staff in preparing themselves for a response to an active Shooter scenario. SSS has procured two DVD’s and is in the process of obtaining a third from the University System of Georgia’s Board or Regents that will be shown to all as appropriate. 

The first DVD shown, “Shots Fired, When Lightning Strikes”, is directed to cubicle life in a business and shows what to do in that situation.  This original DVD was shown to over 300 people. It was well received, however not pertinent to life in a university setting.  The 2nd DVD, “Shots Fired, When Lightning Strikes on Campus” has been shown to more than 500 people and counting.  The 3rd DVD, produced by the BOR, will be shown as another tool in the awareness category depending on the audience. 

Georgia Emergency Management Agency Certified Emergency
Manager AND Master Certified Emergency Manager Programs

The CEM program, although mandatory for all Emergency Management Directors in the State of Georgia, is a formal method of establishing credentials within the Emergency Management field, of which Kennesaw State University recognizes as a pertinent part of training its personnel. The Master Certified Emergency Manager is a progression of additional training to include formal training exercises.  Both certifications are open to any and all KSU crisis coordinators or anyone wishing to pursue these credentials for self advancement.  Requirements for the Basic CEM are found at   GEMA’s website URL

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