The emergency backpacks are not a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn. last winter, he said.
"It seems like it but these things were in planning for a long time," he said. "I signed up to take a course in public safety before that happened, but that made it that much more important. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of these instances, so we're getting better at being prepared for them.
"Hopefully we never have to use them, but we want to be proactive in our preparedness. As a parent, you think, what is our school going to do in case of an emergency? Are they prepared?"
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