Below are some sample procedures to give you some general guidelines on areas that need to be addressed. You must write specific procedures for your facility and/or organizational needs based upon a comprehensive assessment. You should never simply cut and paste generic procedures from any planning guide.
Stage 1 - Emergency Response and Relocation: (Approximately 1-12 hours from impact)
Stage 2 - Alternate Facility Operations (Short-Term): (Approximately 12-72 hours from impact)
Stage 3 - Alternate Facility Operations (Long-Term) or Return to Normal Operations: (Approximately 72 hours and beyond)
A shelter in place is a procedure in which students are held indoors and in their classrooms much like a regular lockdown, however, the purpose of the shelter-in-place is to protect students and staff from hazards to health or life. It is used to keep them inside when conditions outside pose a threat to their health and safety. Examples of this could be severe weather warning, pending natural disaster, wildfires and critical incidents that have occurred within close proximity to the school. The shelter-in-place is intended to secure students within a building while still leaving the building(s) accessible for entry.
Safety Hold / Hall Check
A Safety Hold occurs when a threat is identified outside of the school building. The school may have been forewarned of an imminent or likely threat. During a Safety Hold, classes continue however all movement is restricted and all doors are locked. A Safety Hold allows for a more rapid transition into a lockdown when there is some forewarning rather than initiating a lockdown from the beginning and further impacting the learning environment. School administrative personnel are assigned to specific areas to control movement and identify threats.
Some agencies will call the "Safety Hold" a "Soft Lockdown". It is not recommend because it has a tendency to confuse and/or minimize a full lockdown. By using a term for an intermediary security measure that does not use the word "lockdown" it preserves the critical nature of the lockdown procedure.
A lockdown occurs when an intruder has been identified inside of a building. During a intruder lockdown, all instruction ceases and measures to keep students safe from harm are implemented inside the classroom. Evacuation An evacuation occurs when it is no longer safe for students to remain in/on the facility.
Evacuations must be authorized by the appropriate personnel and initiated only after evacuation routes and gathering areas have been cleared.
Drop Cover and Hold
The Drop Cover and Hold is a standard response to a seismic event. Students are instructed to Drop to the floor, take Cover under their desk or table and Hold on until the event has ceased.
Below are sample forms to give you some general guidelines. You must develop specific forms for your facility and/or organizational needs based upon a comprehensive assessment and plan. You should never simply cut and paste generic forms from any planning guide or other source.
|Student Release Form|
|Safety Hold/Hall Check|
|Building or Facility Loss Form|
|Gas Leak Form|
|Hazardous Material - Off-Site Form|
|Hazardous Material - On-Site Form|
|Hostage Situation Form|
|Multiple Injury/Casualty Incident Form|
|Water Supply Issue Form|