Real-World Strategies for Safer Schools

[Houston, TX] – On an episode of School Safety Today, Michelle Dawn Mooney discussed situational awareness skills and their role in early intervention measures and emergency response planning to ensure safer schools, with Mike Matranga, the CEO of M6 Global Defense Group and former Director of Safety and Security at Texas City ISD.

The episode emphasized the importance of developing a proactive approach to identifying concerning behaviors and having the resources to refer and help those in need. All members of the school community, including staff, parents, and students, have a collective responsibility to hone their situational awareness skills and work together to develop a comprehensive school safety plan and ensure safer schools.

Matranga, a pioneer in school-based security practices and an elected member of the Texas City Independent School District Board, shared his expertise on the critical need for coordinated emergency response planning. He stressed that having a plan in place is not enough; schools must also rehearse and review the plan regularly with all stakeholder groups.

His unique school security planning and operational experience using technology and human behavior techniques have earned him a national reputation, and his recommendations have even led to the drafting of legislation. Matranga’s insights on schoolwide training and the identification and provision of mental health resources were especially valuable for the episode’s audience.

The School Safety Today podcast aims to provide a platform for experts like Mooney and Matranga to share their expertise and insights on school safety and emergency preparedness. By promoting a proactive approach to school safety, the show hopes to inspire more schools to prioritize the well-being of their students and staff.

Listeners can access the full episode on the Raptor website at

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