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Homeland Security Helps Ohio Prepare For School Threats

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File photo of children performing an emergency drill as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano observes. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

File photo of children performing an emergency drill as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano observes. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Homeland Security in Ohio has teamed up with the state Department of Education to post informational resources for school administrators in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut.

The resources have been posted at http://homelandsecurity.ohio.gov/printed_material.stm.

They include a quick guide on how to respond when there’s an active shooter, such as having an escape route in mind, leaving belongings behind, hiding in a locked area and silencing electronics.

There’s also a guide on how to respond to school violence, and an awareness poster that schools can print out that advises, “If you see something, say something,” and a phone number to report suspicious activity.

Ohio Homeland Security Director Richard Baron says the effort is designed to increase Ohioans’ awareness of potential threats and readiness to respond.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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