Crisis Management is a central component of comprehensive School Safety. The most important consideration is the health, safety and welfare of students and staff. A comprehensive Safe Schools/Crisis Management Plan places a strong emphasis on prevention using strategies which range from building design to discipline policies and programs which improve school climate. Crisis Management focuses on a time-limited, problem-focused intervention to identify, confront and resolve the crisis, restore equilibrium and support appropriate adaptive responses. “Crisis” shall include but not be limited to situations involving the death of a student or staff member by accident, suicide, illness or substance abuse. “Critical Incident” shall include situations involving threats of harm to students, personnel or facilities. Critical incidents include but are not limited to natural disasters, fire, or use of weapons/explosives. Such incidents require an interagency response involving law enforcement and/or emergency services agencies. Harnett County Schools has established a District level Crisis Team and each school has a local crisis team in place.