ALERRT Newsletter - April 2021
ALERRT Newsletter - April 2021
April 2021
One Team
Pete Blair, ALERRT Executive Director

This is a time of substantial division in our country.  It is time that we stop attacking each other, assume that the vast majority of people are decent and reasonable, and openly discuss our differences.  It is time that we start trying to pull together.  At ALERRT, we are starting our One Team initiative.  This is represented by our new One Team logo. 
The distressed flag represents the current distressed state of our country.  The color bar in the center has two components.  In the center, the Blue, Green, and Red bars represent Police, EMS, and Fire first responders and their attached telecommunications personnel.  The skin tones swatches on either side of these bars represent people from every racial and ethnic group.  These feed into and out of the bars in the middle as a reminder that first responders are of and for the community. 
We are all working to make life better for everyone.  We are all on the same team.  We are one team.
IAFC Partnership
ALERRT has formed a partnership with the IAFC to improve the quality of active attack training for Firefighters.  Part of this partnership will involve ALERRT and IAFC working together to develop lessons learned from major active attacks.   ALERRT is very excited about this partnership and we are certain that together we can improve first responder preparedness for active attacks.


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, TN | October 30 - November 2

Vendor registration is now open and details can be viewed at
Speaker and attendee registration remain open as well for those wishing to attend or present.

This year's conference is set to be held 100% in person at the Gaylord Resort in Nashville, TN. With the ever changing status and restrictions due to COVID-19, exact details about the 2021 ALERRT Conference are always subject to change. We are working with the resort and following all CDC guidelines to ensure a safe experience for all of our staff, speakers, vendors, and attendees.

ALERRT Research Opportunity

The ALERRT research team is respectfully seeking participation in a survey about the perceptions of current shifts in law enforcement use of force training policies and procedures. Our goal is to give law enforcement professionals the opportunity to anonymously share their voices about issues surrounding law enforcement. The survey is completely anonymous, and most people complete it in 10 minutes or less. If you are interested in participating, click the link below to take the survey, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:
Devon Velchoff
eLearning Developer/ LMS Administrator 
How long have you been with ALERRT? I have been with ALERRT for nine months now.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? Most days I am working to create course content for ALERRT’s new learning management system.

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? I am very excited to be a part of creating new and innovative ways to make ALERRT’s content and curriculum more accessible through eLearning.

What's your favorite TV show? The Office, I have probably watched it at least five times.

What is a chore you absolutely hate doing? I am always least excited about folding laundry.
Where is your favorite place to be in your free time? In my free time, you can usually find me outside. Kayaking on the San Marcos river is usually my go to outdoor activity. 
What was an interesting job you’ve had outside of ALERRT? Before working at ALERRT, I was a fifth grade teacher.
What is your least favorite food? For some reason, I really dislike cantaloupe. 
Pete Garcia
IT Specialist
How long have you been with ALERRT? 
1 year and 9 months.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? The IT environment varies from monitoring the ALERRT network, ensuring the right amount of bandwidth is allocated. Imaging, update, troubleshoot, repair IT hardware equipment. Addition to Data Entries of ALERRT Courses completed. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? In support of ALERRT Vision - Training and research that saves lives and protects communities. As part of ALERRT (IT) staff, I monitor and maintain the IT equipment to ensure it’s all up to date and working as it should. This one piece of equipment is in support of creating courses to training personnel effectively throughout the states. 
What was an interesting job you’ve had outside of ALERRT? Teenage years, I worked as a bus boy for a steak restaurant; not only that - I had half of the senior high school soccer team working there as well.

What is one thing you have yet to cross off your bucket list? Revisit Crete (an island in Greece)

Favorite movie or TV Show? The Sandlot and Goonies
Favorite place you've traveled? All around Europe, two unique countries: Spain and Italy.
Where is your favorite place to be in your free time? That’s tough, visiting grandkids (East Coast and West Coast)

May 21: Texas K-12 Keynote Conference

Virtual Event

A one-day, high impact, virtual conference features some of the leading researchers in the field of school safety. Conference presentations and materials can be accessed for one month after May 21st.
Use discount code ALERRT for $50 off the registration fee.

July 11-16, 2021: NASRO School Safety Conference
Orlando, FL

ALERRT Regional Managers will be in attendance at this year's NASRO Conference.

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Pete Blair, Ph.D.
Executive Director

John Curnutt
Assistant Director

Hunter Martaindale, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Kelly Nichols
Director of Finance
Dwayne Sander
Director of Information Technology

Zane Childress
Director of Logistics

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In the aftermath of recent active attacks, a record number of Civilian Response classes have been held across the nation. We have received many calls for a flyer that can be printed and distributed to participants. 
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Major Funding Partners

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Department of Justice

The State of Texas

FBI, Department of Justice

National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center

Department of Homeland Security

Local Working Partners

City of San Marcos

Hays County Sheriff’s Office

Texas School Safety Center

Texas Tactical Police 

Officers Association

Gary Job Corps Center, 
San Marcos - Department
of Labor

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