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A TSA representative presented an overview of the administration's Intermodal Security and Transportation Exercise Program (I-STEP) as a vital resource to help school districts and private bus companies develop table-top training to prevent criminal and terrorist attacks on and using school buses.
The program meets Homeland Security and 9/11 Act requirements. Congress required TSA to complete a school bus threat assessment as part of the 9/11 Act
Over the last two years, TSA has conducted six table-top exercises in California, Florida, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. The feds partnered with more than 70 school districts, private bus operators, state and local law enforcement, and state departments of education to plan the table-top exercises that dealt with such incidents as school bus hijackings, school evacuations and terrorist activities and to develop prevention objectives and strategies.
Pitzer said the bottom line is driving communication between transportation stakeholders, TSA, law enforcement and first responders, parents, and essentially all others in the community concerned with the safety of student transportation to share information.
Originally posted by lokdog
This is just a table top exercise, that means 20 people setting in a room coming up with emergency plans for different scenarios like school shootings, bus hijackings, etc.. I don't see how having emergency prepardness plans can be all that bad.
Besides that the programs is voluntary requiring individual schools to request money from the state to pay for the practice drills.
You guys going on about TSA officials hopping on school busses to rape your kids are going way over board with your fear mongering. I wonder whether some of you even read the article before you posted away. Lets remember the ATS motto, it's "deny ignorance".