Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd.

Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd.

April 20, 2007 17:05 ET

Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd.: California School District Hires Canadian Firm to Lead Schools' Emergency Program

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) - Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd.: Folsom Cordorva Unified School District is addressing student and staff safety issues through the implementation of a comprehensive emergency program, developed by an Edmonton-based company that focuses on school emergencies.

"Everyday, parents entrust us with the safety of their children," says Craig Burnett, Risk Manager of Folsom Cordorva Unified School District. "We take that responsibility very seriously. And while our primary mandate is education, we have to make this our top priority because the moment safety is jeopardized, learning stops."

"Implementing a comprehensive program takes a tremendous amount of diligence and dedication," commented Burnett. "This is not a one-time task, but rather, an ongoing commitment to ensure students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency."

Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd., an Edmonton-based emergency preparedness firm specializing in school programs, has been contracted to help the district develop and execute a program. The district selected Hour-Zero for the task based on their thoroughness in conducting risk assessments, training programs and web-based system.

The program helps ensure students and teachers know exactly what to do in a crisis, including how to execute proper lock-downs, evacuations and shelter-in-place procedures, reuniting students with parents, and how to assist emergency responders, so tragedy can be avoided if at all possible.

The Hour-Zero system features items such as: implementing the Incident Command System; capturing critical details of facilities in digital maps and photographs; developing mitigation strategies to address identified risks and hazards; creating customized plans specific to each site; collaborating with first responders; establishing a crisis communications plan; and developing support plans for the district's administrative departments. Training is provided to every staff through a combination of orientation sessions, tabletop exercises, drills, workshops and on-line training.

Hour-Zero will provide continued support to the district through a web-based application that ensures plans are maintained and staff continue to receive needed training.

"Our school emergency preparedness system is far more just a plan; it's a complete program," noted Donna Gingera, Founder and Principal, Hour-Zero. "This year school shootings have dominated headlines, previous to that natural disasters devastated communities, and not so long ago SARS sent chills throughout the globe." Gingera continued, "Your program has to prepare you for any and all of those events, because you don't know what you'll face next."

The Hour-Zero program aids schools in developing their emergency preparedness program, training staff and ensuring the program stays current, which includes working closely with police, fire, emergency medical organizations and local disaster services officials, and adhering to legislative requirements.

Folsom Cordova Unified School District is a publicly funded school district situated northeast of Sacramento, California. The district boundaries include the cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova, California. The district consists of 33 schools and three administrative centres, serving nearly 19,000 students.

Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd. is a privately held company based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company develops emergency preparedness programs and systems specifically for schools. The programs and systems assist schools, first responders and disaster services officials to prepare for a time when student and staff safety and the preservation of propriety is imperative, and a coordinated response may make all the difference. Additional information is available at www.hour-zero.com.

Contact Information

  • Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting Ltd.
    Donna Gingera
    (780) 439-0999
    Website: www.hour-zero.com
    Folsom Cordorva Unified School District
    Craig Burnett
    Risk Manager
    (916) 355-1111 Ex 109