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School safety for America's youngest students means more officers, more guns
The Huffington Post
The same week protests erupted around the nation over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, 800 school police officers attended a training conference on school violence in a nearby central Florida hotel. The conference, organized by the Alabama-based National Association of School Resource Officers, gave these school officers lessons on safety, advocacy and warning signs in troubled teens. Attendees chose from a wide array of sessions and events, ranging from a gun safety presentation organized by the National Rifle Association to simulated laser-gun training. Defense vendors were there, too, hawking everything from non-lethal munitions to tourniquets to radio transmitters.
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Willis: Scariest risks of 2013
Property Casualty 360
As we near Oct.31, Halloween festivities are in full swing. Haunted houses, terrifying costumes, and scary movies are all part of the frightful frivolity that takes place this time of year. Although Halloween allows us to find delight in being fearful, this is not the case in the insurance industry. Scary risks are no laughing matter, as they can result in serious consequences that impact a client or an industry.
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'Dont hit the car in front of you': Stating the obvious reducing accidents in Arlington, Va.
In the Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington County, Va., the exit from Washington Boulevard to Route 50 had always been a trouble spot. County police say they usually have more collisions there than any other intersection in the county, and almost all of them are rear-enders. Police have typically put up electronic signs that display messages urging drivers to be cautious, with phrases like "High Accident Area Ahead" and "Maintain A Safe Following Distance." But this summer, the Arlington County Police Department went back to the basics and displayed a message so ridiculously simple it almost seemed laughable: "Don't Hit The Car In Front Of You."
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Chemical board's probe into deadly West fertilizer explosion halted by shutdown
NBC News
A federal board’s investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people in the Texas town of West in April has been suspended due to the government shutdown, Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said Oct, 8. Thirty-seven of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s 41 employees have been idled after government funds went dry, effectively shutting down the entire agency, board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said.
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Amid TRIA debate, concerns raised over states' preparedness for NCBR attacks
Property Casualty 360
Emergency-response managers from most major cities say they need more federal funds and information than they currently receive if they are to properly respond to a terrorist attack involving a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or an improvised nuclear device (IND), the Government Accountability Office says in a new report. The report said that of 27 major cities interviewed, most had assessed their ability to respond to an attack from a radiological or nuclear device and had ranked the risk of these attacks as lower than the risk of other hazards they face.
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We need climate-change risk assessment
The Washington Post
As businessmen and public servants, we are intimately familiar with the systems used to manage risk. They are central to informed decision-making. But today, the world faces one of the greatest humanitarian and economic challenges of our time: the threat of global climate change. And in this arena, our risk-assessment systems have broken down. This ignorance cannot be allowed to continue.
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Cedar Falls, Iowa parents concerned about school shooter training
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Parents of students in the Cedar Falls schools are concerned about the district's decision to train students to run or fight back if an armed intruder threatened a school. Dan Conrad, director of secondary education and facilitator of the district's safety committee, told about 40 parents at the Cedar Falls High School Auditorium on Oct. 7 that the current lockdown protocol is not enough to keep kids safe. "We're not simply going to have one option, which is lock down the classroom and wait it out," Conrad said.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    What the shutdown means for your health (TIME)
Sandy Hook moms launch school safety site (Connecticut Post)
Minnesota cities confront hoarding for firefighter safety (Star Tribune via Firehouse)
Reporting on climate change, 'the mother of all risks' (Media Matters for America)
Berea, Ohio works to create safe pedestrian zone at elementary school (Sun News)

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