The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) started a new program to help schools identify vulnerabilities at their facilities and improve their level of safety.

The Site Threat Access and Response (STAR) Audit is designed to give requesting entities a fair and unbiased evaluation of physical security measures and threat response protocols. Conducted by the Homeland Security Division of GEMA/HS, STAR Audits may be requested by an authorized party of any entity.

A pilot program of the STAR Audit was conducted for Brooks County Public Schools in Georgia . Observers representing GEMA/HS, Brooks County Public Schools and the Brooks County Emergency Management Agency were able to watch the Audit as it progressed via livestream from the Brooks County Emergency Operations Center.