School Security Experts from Safe Havens International Selected to Write Major Book for Barron’s

Five members of the Safe Havens International team have been selected to write a groundbreaking book for Barron’s, the highly regarded publisher.  While our school security experts have already published nearly 30 books on school security, safety and emergency preparedness, this is book designed to address security and emergency preparedness in any setting. 

The working title for the book is Staying Alive, How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters.  The book will be combined with more than a dozen web-delivered companion videos which are designed to be utilized as training vignettes.  The book will focus on evidence-based, assessment-based, and research-based approaches that can help people spot and react to indications of danger in time to prevent deadly situations as well as to survive those they cannot avoid. 

At this point, it appears likely that the companion videos will be available through the Barron’s and Safe Havens website at no cost. 

The school security experts co-authoring the book will outline the approaches that have been proven to improve school security as well as those that have been proven to work in other settings.  Our experience has been that many school security approaches are more advanced than what we often see utilized in other settings.  By sharing these proven school security concepts with the general public, we hope to be able to reduce the loss of human life in other settings as has already been accomplished by American K12 schools.  American K12 school security, safety and emergency preparedness measures, combined with improvements in emergency medical care and better public safety response approaches, have successfully reduced the per capita rates of death from a range of causes such as homicide, heart stoppage and lightning strike.

The Safe Havens International school security experts working on this book feel honored to be selected by one of the nation’s most respected publishers to write this groundbreaking book.  Safe Havens analysts have already served as authors for books published by Mcgraw Hill, Prentice Hall, and Jane’s.

The co-authoring team and research lead will be discussing the work of a number of the nation’s top experts from various fields including Dr. Gary Klein, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Gavin de Becker, Dr. Michael Roberto, Gregory Thomas, Dr. Caroline Mears, and Amanda Ripley in a format that is heavily cited yet easy to read.  Staying Alive will be available in bookstores on May 14, 2014 and is expected to become a leading book on the topic.       

About Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center. The author of 27 books on school safety, Michael’s campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years.