Deputy Joe Ellerman

Deputy Joe Ellerman serves as an ALICE crisis plan trainer on behalf of Atchison County Sheriff’s Office.

USD 377 leaders are set to convene at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the central office located along Main Street in Effingham.

During the meeting 377 Board of Education members plan to hear reports from school administrators and updates from Superintendent Andrew Gaddis.

Earlier this past week the district hosted a public gathering on Oct. 3 to get district stakeholders acquainted with ALICE, its philosophy and its role in the district’s safety and security plan.

Deputy Joe Ellerman, of the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office, is a certified trainer of the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate crisis plan model. Ellerman was on hand to explain the model, but to spread the word that he and other trained deputies are willing to assess business buildings, churches and other facilities in the county to identify potential crisis risks. Ellerman and deputies can also instruct on related defense tactics to implement in the time of need.

Ellerman said the part of the ALICE training at schools is to instill a basic knowledge so that the individual responses and practices become a second nature in the time of need.

“It’s a training to take with you for the rest of your life,” Ellerman said.

Event goers were also welcome to visit with representatives from various agencies to learn about the available resources and information from 3 Rivers, Inc. , an independent living advocate agency, Helping Hands for the Holidays, Atchison Hospital, The Guidance Center, Atchison Community Health Clinic, Atchison County Sheriff’s Office, Atchison County EMS, Emergency Management and Community Emergency Response Team, Atchison County Rescue and Fire District No. 2, Atchison and Atchison County Community High School Student Ambassadors “Seatbelts Are For Everyone” campaign with pledge cards.

An assortment of emergency response vehicles were also on display outside the gymnasium.

Mary Meyers can be reached


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