Public school safety plans to be kept in one central database

By Amy Cherry 3:15pm, April 24, 2013 - Updated 4:24pm, April 24, 2013
Gov. Markell speaks at Polytech High School, where the next step of Delaware's school safety plans were unveiled. (Photo/Governor's Office)
Delaware takes its comprehensive school safety plan to the next step.

WDEL's Amy Cherry explains.

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Mandated school safety plans for public and charter schools will be kept in one central database.

State Homeland Security Secretary Lew Schiliro says law enforcement will definitely benefit from the portal.

"Our troopers, as they're responding to the school, will be able to bring up the plans right on their laptops on their way to the scene, so this is going to give us a huge advantage," says Schiliro.

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Delaware will be the first state in the nation to have a unified database through SafePlans.

But the database isn't just for first responders and school administrators.

"We're not going to disclose any of the security concerns, but we're going to make it available to parents," says Schiliro.

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The database won't prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook from happening in Delaware, but Schiliro says it'll go a long way.

"In a crisis situation, you react as you train, and your reaction is only going to be as good as the planning you put into it," says Schiliro.

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He points to the courthouse shooting.]

"All of our Capitol Police had just gone through an active shooter scenario, and there's no doubt in my mind that that training and the protocols that we developed did save lives that day," says Schiliro.

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The SafePlans portal will be in place by mid-August and will contain all 220 school safety plans by next May.

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