Group of administrators pose in front of sign reading "Georgia school safety and homeland security conference"

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, recently hosted the 2022 Georgia School Safety & Homeland Security Conference.  Formerly known as the ‘Safety in our Schools’ conference, the Georgia School Safety and Homeland Security Conference is the state’s premiere and longest running conference for school safety. The conference was three full days of subject matter experts teaching topics from communications in emergency situations, case studies from prior incidents, behavioral threat assessment training and law enforcement leadership training.  

In addition to attending sessions and workshops, Dr. Reed, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Diaz spoke at the conference about the safety protocols Brooks County Schools follows and the partnership with GEMA when conducting safety drills and training in the schools.

“This conference is an important and vital resource to help keep our schools and communities safe,” said GEMA/HS Deputy Director Harlan Proveaux. “It also provides an opportunity for education officials to learn more about how they can prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in schools.”

Attending the conference was (1st Row) Simmie Jackson (Delta Innovative School, Early Learning Center), LaTonya Hampton (Brooks County 911 Director), Casey Cope (Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency), Dr. VIckie Reed (Superintendent),  Steven Ross (North Brooks Elementary School);  2nd Row: Chief Willie Charles Clemons (Brooks County High School), Chuck Jones (Brooks County Middle School), Randall Smith (Quitman Elementary), Dr. Al Williams (Assistant Superintendent for Facilities), Dr. Cisco Diaz (Principal of Quitman Elementary)