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AnComm's 'Talk About It(R)' Adds New School Safety Specialist
Date:5/12/2008

Further Enhancing AnComm's Ability To Help Texas Schools Stay Safe

HOUSTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- AnComm, creator of 'Talk About It(R)' -- the nation's first and only anonymous online reporting and emergency notification service for schools -- is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine Toohey, M.Ed. to the company. In an effort to strengthen AnComm's ability to help Texas schools stay safe and avoid tragedies, Ms. Toohey will take on the role of School Safety Specialist.

Prior to joining AnComm, Ms. Toohey acted as a School Safety Specialist for the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos. In fact, Ms. Toohey was instrumental in the development of the School Safety and Security Audit Toolkit -- the standard audit protocol for the state.

This Toolkit instructs school administrators as to how to perform safety audits required by Texas Education Code 37.108. It contains information about implementing emergency operations plans and mandates that all school districts in Texas audit their facilities once every three years. Since the law went into effect in September 2005, the audits must be completed by August 31, 2008.

Ms. Toohey's experience and expertise will be imperative to help districts put procedures in place to mitigate disasters, as well as prepare thorough, practical and efficient emergency plans. As directed by law, the Texas Safety Center will be collecting district audit results this summer. One key area the district audit report will address will be in regards to central anonymous reporting systems. The Attorney General of Texas, the honorable Greg Abbott, strongly urges all districts to make use of a system such as 'Talk About It(R)', to report bullies, threats, and other crimes on the school campus.

While at the Safety Center, Ms. Toohey also provided educational training throughout the state in the areas of Best Practices in School Safety, School Violence, Emergency Operations Planning and Security Audit
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