School Safety Expo



The inaugural Region 4 Emergency Management and School Safety Expo will offer targeted and timely instructional tracks designed to equip you with additional tools for your school safety systems. The Expo will also highlight a large range of school safety vendors and dynamic speakers.


The suggested audience for this event is superintendents, administrators, campus police, emergency first responders, emergency managers, and safety coordinators.


This event is provided free of charge and includes lunch for all preregistered guests.



School Safety Expo Agenda




Collaborative Partners Panel Topic:

How their respective disciplines support school safety and how to leverage this content to improve school safety for your school system. 



John Bray—Special Agent, FBI Houston Office

Ellen H. Spalding—Lawyer, K–12

Dan Turner—Chief, Alief ISD Police Department
Eric Uriegas—Deputy, Harris County Sheriff's Office





Superintendents School Safety  Panel Discussion Topic:

How school safety is implemented within their communities, staffing, procedures, training, and funding just to name a few topics to be discussed.


Dr. Anthony Mays—Superintendent, Alief ISD
Jamie K. Woodall—Executive Director, Waller ISD



Lunch and Vendor Walk

Breakout Session Topics




Blue NIMS takes the fundamental principles taught by the FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) and breaks the information down into an everyday practical application environment that is directed at “boots-on-the-ground” law enforcement. In this course, Officers learn by taking the ICS fundamentals and linking them with current practices and best practices in law enforcement and unified response operations.

Harris County CORE Tablets, Guardian Program, and Other Mental Health Services

CORE is “a strategy of responding to mental health crisis calls using a tablet and a HIPAA-approved technology platform to connect a law enforcement first responder with a mental health clinician in the community at the time of the 911 dispatch."

Title IV Funds for Schools

Explore funding options for implementing new school safety options.



Region 4 Emergency Management and School Safety Expo
  • Date: October 19, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Session ID: 1790255
  • Credits: CPE 7
  • Registration Fee: $0
Alief Center for Talent Development
14411 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77082



oemss-school-safety-expo-2023-challenge-coin-smThe Office of Emergency Management and School Safety is excited to announce an extraordinary opportunity for all agencies and individual registrants to showcase their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to service. Introducing the Challenge Coin Contest, a platform to celebrate and proudly display the challenge coins that symbolize your tireless devotion to our shared mission. 

Challenge coins have a deep-rooted tradition in the world of service, representing honor, unity, and a common pledge to protect and serve our communities. They serve as a tangible reminder of the exceptional contributions you make each day, often in challenging circumstances, and we believe it's time to highlight these symbolic tokens of your service. 
Contest DetailsSubmission Deadline: October 19, 2023 

Eligibility: The contest is open to all agencies and individual registrants in attendance at the Office of Emergency Management and School Safety Expo. 

Submission Guidelines: To participate, please submit a high-resolution image of your challenge coin, or the actual challenge coin in-person at the Expo registration desk, accompanied by a brief description (not exceeding 100 words) explaining the coin's significance, design, and the hard work it represents. 

Submission Email Address:



  • First Place: School Safety Resource Kit, Featured recognition in our official communications, and certificate of achievement. 
  • Second Place: School Safety Resource Kit and Certificate of Achievement   
  • Third Place: Certificate of Achievement 



Your challenge coin is not just a piece of metal; it's a symbol of your tireless commitment to the safety and well-being of our communities. We encourage you to take part in this competition, share your coin's story with the broader community, and collectively inspire and recognize the remarkable dedication of our service professionals. 

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support your participation in the Challenge Coin Contest in any way we can. 

We eagerly await your submissions and look forward to celebrating your devotion to service through this contest. Together, let's proudly display the hard work and dedication that define our commitment to emergency management and school safety. 



Main Office
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
713.462.7708 | PHONE
Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in August of 2024
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