- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island schools have a new safety and security plan designed to help them prepare for and respond to school shootings, natural disasters and other potential calamities.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee released the 320-page document Thursday. It was crafted by educators, emergency management officials and law enforcement following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.

The guide is intended to serve as a tool for local schools when creating their own security plans. It includes suggestions for dealing with emergencies ranging from a student’s allergic reaction up to fire, earthquake and armed intruders.

Chafee says Newtown is a reminder that horrific incidents can occur anywhere. He says the new security blueprint is a “vital step” toward protecting students.

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