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LISD: Prepared for any disaster

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No matter what the crisis, Longview Independent School District wants your children safe while they're at school. That's why they've been hosting an active shooter seminar at the LISD administration building in Longview.

Neighboring school districts and law enforcement were invited to the seminar, but they quickly found out it wasn't just about someone armed on campus.

"I want to personally challenge you to look beyond that, beyond just the school shooting and think what else can we do," said Shevis Moore.

Shevis Moore is with the Texas Association of School boards, and is Director of Loss Prevention, which basically means he helps school districts take a step back and look hard at the big picture.

Jody Clements, LISD Assistant Superintendent explained when he was superintendent at Kilgore he once had a tornado at 3:15, and had to bring the parents who were picking up their kids into the school for cover.

"What would happen if it doesn't go just like I think it's going to go, which it never does," Clements asked the crowd.

One thing they already have control of is parental notification. No matter what happens the people who need to know will know, and fast. LISD's Adam Holland knows School Messenger's software interface well.

"I want to send this to all staff and all students; that's 7,551 people," said Holland.

He can send recordings and emails to thousands of people in moments.

In the meeting Moore said he met the man who was principal at Columbine during the shooting.

"Most of them lost their marriages after the event, because the emotional weight on them that came along with recovery was so great that their relationships didn't stand it. They weren't prepared for it. Had they been prepared for it they could have taken themselves and their mates through recovery through counseling and things of that nature, and it would have been a different outcome. But there were people that had to retire because the emotional toll that it took on them also began to manifest physically as illnesses," Shevis Moore revealed.

Moore's message is that everyone needs to be more than alert, and more than prepared.

The meeting over the last two days addressed the armed gunman and storms, but also gas leaks, chemical spills, infectious diseases and other natural and man-made disasters.

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