Creating safer
schools & workplaces

in the

Sunshine State

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission submitted their initial report to the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senate President on January 1, 2019. You can download the full report here. >>

Our Mission

The ISF mission is to help make Florida’s workplaces and schools among the safest in the nation by identifying and sharing best practices, providing resources and tools, and advocating for smart public policy solutions in Tallahassee and throughout Florida.

Just one-third of parents are extremely confident their children’s schools can stop a gunman

April 16, 2019 By Zack Budryk, The Hill Parents lack confidence that their children’s schools will be able to stop a gunman, according to new research from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs

Editorial: The sad lessons of Parkland

January 22, 2019 By Ocala Star Banner The shooting in Parkland that took the lives of 14 students and three adults was preventable. That is hardly news but it was confirmed in a 485-page report


About the Institute

As Floridians know all too well, our great state has been tragically impacted by the wave of mass shootings that have plagued our nation in recent years. From the Pulse Nightclub to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, from the Fort Lauderdale Airport and the online gaming convention in Jacksonville, to the more recent bank shooting in Sebring, these are stark reminders that leave unanswered questions about what more can be done to make schools and workplaces safer.

That is the essential question that the Institute for a Safer Florida was formed to answer. The institute, which was initially created by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to identifying and pursuing best practices and policies that will help make Florida’s schools and  workplaces among the safest in the nation. We will draw on the expertise and advice from stakeholders across this important discussion – such as business leaders, educators, public policy makers, healthcare professionals (including mental health), social services agencies and public safety professionals – to serve as a clearinghouse for resources and tools that workplaces and schools can use to enhance safety.