LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Offers Safety Training for Every Louisiana SchoolPage Title


BATON ROUGE – School safety is among the highest priority issues facing the nation today. Every school is required by Louisiana Revised Statute 17:416.16 to adopt an Emergency Operations Plan, or EOP. LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorism, or LSU NCBRT/ACE, is at the forefront of emergency preparedness and is now offering safety training to every school in the state of Louisiana.

LSU NCBRT/ACE will conduct a two-day course, Readiness Training Identification Preparedness Planning, or RTIPP, hosted by the Lafourche Parish School District in Lockport, La. on June 4-5. The LSU School of Education, in conjunction with LSU NCBRT/ACE, will host workshops in Baton Rouge on July 25-26 and Sept. 9-10. Additional sessions will be held on LSU campuses throughout the state and will be available to local education agencies for the development of high quality EOPs.

The RTIPP course is open to members of the school community, law enforcement, fire services and emergency management partners.

RTIPP will help participants evaluate their ability to meet existing school emergency plans using traditional and national preparedness tools. Emergency management instructors, who are certified LSU NCBRT/ACE nationally recognized subject matter experts, will lead the process. Schools will be able to implement a training plan of action to keep school campuses safe in an ever-changing preparedness climate.

“We cannot express how important this kind of training is in today’s world,” LSU NCBRT/ACE Director Jeff Mayne said. “In today’s climate of growing threats of violence, protecting students and keeping our children and all school personnel safe from those kinds of dangers should be at the top of any educator’s list of priorities. We hope that school officials take advantage of this grant-funded training and parents encourage their school officials to fully engage.”

Specifically, RTIPP classes will provide:

•           A three-year training plan that will ensure schools can implement their EOPs;

•           A training grid that can be used to enhance and upgrade existing EOPs;

•           A full risk analysis of school threats and hazards;

•           A foundation to be used for school grants;

•           Assurance EOPs meet or exceed FEMA guidelines.


For the next four years, LSU NCBRT/ACE, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Education, will continue to maximize Louisiana schools’ preparedness, building immediate and long-term safety and security sustainability goals. 

“We will continue an aggressive and diligent approach to keep Louisiana schools safe,” Mayne said.

To schedule a training event or for more information on RTIPP courses and other upcoming classes, contact Rose Landry at LSU NCBRT/ACE at



LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at LSU’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge. The mission of LSU NCBRT/ACE is to influence, develop and deliver specialized training and education, providing the skills necessary to prepare for, respond to and recover from complex threats and high-consequence events.


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