(WFXR) — In the aftermath of Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Texas, more schools across the country are talking about how to prevent this from happening again. WFXR News spoke with a Virginia Tech massacre survivor who is working to stop school shootings and help other survivors heal.

On April 16, 2007, a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people. However, Kristina Anderson — a student at the Blacksburg university — was one of the 17 shooting victims who survived. Since then, she has become a school safety expert.

Right now, Anderson says the community of Uvalde, Texas, needs to decompress and mourn. However, for schools nationwide, it’s time to come together and reprioritize safety.

“Throughout the entire year, we want to maintain the sense that safety is important and it’s everyone’s responsibility,” said Anderson.

She founded the Koshka Foundation using donations that were sent to her family after she was injured in the 2007 mass shooting. The group creates and trains threat assessment teams at schools, typically involving staff, community members, and local law enforcement.

“I always push more for parents to be involved in knowing about emergency preparedness plans,” said Anderson. “What kinds of trainings are teachers receiving? How are we doing in emergency communications, meaning if we have a lockdown, who’s sending that email?”

The threat assessment team also identifies inappropriate behavior, like a disturbing comment, that may act as a warning sign. They can analyze the context of that comment and provide help.

“People have been researching this for a very long time,” said Anderson. “People do not snap. They research, they plan extensively, as the shooter in our case in 2007 did.”

Koshka also helps after the fact.

According to Anderson, Koshka has “a network of principals, teachers, survivors,” who will speak with new survivors and validate their experiences.

In her own recovery journey, Anderson turned to therapy to deal with triggers that made everyday things unmanageable.

“The biggest thing was physical security, doors slamming, people coming in late,” she said.

Anderson says for people who were at Robb Elementary, smells, sights, and even what they had for lunch that day could be engrained in their minds. That’s why Koshka connects new survivors with experts in recovery, and shares the healing path of other survivors.

You can check out resources for parents, students, and survivors on the Koshka Foundation’s website.