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1 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL TRAINING

2 Creating a Safe Learning Environment REMS Grant Overview

3 Creating a Safe Learning Environment What would you do if… A student walks up to your desk and quietly whispers in your ear that David has a gun in his pocket. WHAT IF? SCENARIO

4 Creating a Safe Learning Environment PURPOSE FOR SIGNALS Signals are utilized to notify the entire school (students and adults) of a crisis situation and provide information for an immediate response. Example: Fire Alarm Response: Evacuation Plain language is used after the initial signal.

5 Creating a Safe Learning Environment PURPOSE FOR SIGNALS NO CODES WHY IS A SIGNAL IMPORTANT?

6 Creating a Safe Learning Environment SIGNALS 1.Fire Verbal command or fire alarm 2.Duck, Cover & Hold On Verbal command or immediate response to threat Example: Earthquake 3.Lock Down - Team Response Verbal command – Activates SET Examples: trespasser, police activity in neighborhood, attempted suicide 4.Lock Down Verbal command – does NOT activate SET – no one moves Examples: shots being fired, gunman in building, hostage situation 5.Shelter-in-Place Verbal command – threat requiring the school and community remain indoors Examples: airborne contaminant or wild fire 6.All Clear Verbal command

7 Creating a Safe Learning Environment SOME EMERGENCIES DO NOT HAVE A SIGNAL Controlled evacuation Reverse evacuation Weather (tornado) These arent signals, they are __________.

8 Creating a Safe Learning Environment OTHER TERMS Protective position Hit the deck Clear the room

9 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: FIRE Verbal Command or Fire Alarm a. Immediately evacuates the building b. Goal is speed: 50 feet within 60 seconds! c. Utilize alternate evacuation sites d. Conduct placed fire drills e. Conduct drills without advance notice to staff f. Simulate injuries, trapped students or adults, parent reunification

10 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EVACUATIONS 1.All call – fire alarm 2.Controlled (or directed) evacuation Evacuate the areas closest to the threat first (surrounding the area, above, and below) Manual communication * Clear the evacuation site * Creating a Safe Learning Environment

11 BOMB THREATS AND DEVICE FOUND Bomb Threats 1.Remain calm 2.Do not use any electronic devices Cell phones Radios PA System Fire alarm 3.Do not change atmosphere Lights Temperature 4.Evaluate and make determination on evacuation Device Found 1.Do not touch 2.Evacuate the area 3.Get help

12 Creating a Safe Learning Environment THE REALITY OF BOMBS Bombings are very rare. In the last three years, there were only 65 incidents where an actual explosive device was placed in a school (excluding colleges and universities). However, from , juveniles were responsible for 34% of the bombings in the United States. In some states, the percentage is as high as 66%. An total of 87% of the devices that juveniles build actually function, which is 6% higher than the national average of 81% for all bombs placed on a target. Juveniles have built and are capable of building sophisticated devices, some even using high explosives. We must investigate and respond to every bomb threat we receive.

13 Creating a Safe Learning Environment SET POSITIONS DURING AN EVAUCATION

14 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL CARDS: AT THE EVACUATION SITE Signal Cards for the Evacuation Site At the evacuation site, each classroom teacher/adult with students will hold up either the red or green side of their signal card. The green side indicates that all students are present and accounted for. The red sign indicates missing students or need assistance. Use an 8½x 11 piece of paper for the signal cards. Include your classroom number on each side of the card and laminate. Missing Students All Accounted For or Need Assistance

15 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: DUCK, COVER, AND HOLD ON Verbal Command or Immediate Response to Threat. Example: Earthquake a.Ensure all students take the position. b.Lead by example. c.Reassure students. d.Be ready for after-shocks. e.Before releasing the duck, cover, and hold on, identify any injures or special needs. f.Evacuation is NOT automatic. g.You may need to find a safe/alternate evacuation route. h.You may not receive the order to evacuate from the IC. Evacuation Site - Avoid trees, power lines, structures Myths -Stand in a door way -Triangle of Life

16 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: LOCK DOWN – TEAM RESPONSE Verbal Command – Activates SET Examples: trespasser, police activity in neighborhood, attempted suicide, stabbing a.All available adults respond to the Command Center. b.Classroom teachers remain with their students. c.Classroom teachers lock classroom doors – admit students/adults in hallways. d.Complete Emergency Attendance Form and slide under door. e.Continue instruction. f.Check for updates. g.Remain in Lock Down until All Clear signal is given. If police or fire have responded to the school, the school cannot go into an All Clear without their expressed consent.

17 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY ATTENDANCE FORM

18 Creating a Safe Learning Environment SET POSITIONS FOR A LOCK DOWN – TEAM RESPONSE Positions of SET members in a Lock Down - Team Response Scenario: Crime committed on campus – location is Room 20

19 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: LOCK DOWN Verbal Command – Does NOT Activate SET – No One Moves Examples: shots fired, gunman in building, hostage situation a.Classroom teachers remain with their students. b.Classroom teachers lock classroom doors – admit students/adults in hallways depending on visibility. c.Complete Emergency Attendance Form and hang on to it. d.Move students away from doors and windows – create a physical and visual barrier. e.Cover doors and windows. f.Be ready to move!

20 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: SHELTER-IN-PLACE Verbal Command – threat requiring the school and community remain indoors. Examples: airborne contaminant or wild fire a.Cancel all outside activities. b.Allow members of the community to take shelter in the school. c.Complete emergency attendance. d.Typically declared by the city/county. e.Lock doors, close windows, close/shut off air vents f.Turn off fans, air conditioning, and forced air heating systems g.If possible, go to an interior room with the fewest windows h.Seal windows, doors, and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape

21 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: SHELTER-IN-PLACE Sheltering in place can be 500 times safer than staying outside under the following conditions: a.You enter the shelter before the arrival of the contaminant b.You exit the shelter as soon as the contaminant passes over c.The contaminant passes over quickly Allow at least 10 square feet of floor space for each occupant in the sealed room Maintain a low level of activity so breathing rates remain low If the room is sealed very well, you can safely stay inside for three hours

22 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: SHELTER-IN-PLACE

23 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: ALL CLEAR Verbal Command a.Never use bells/alarm for the All Clear. b.Indicated that the emergency/crisis is over. c.Need permission from first responders (police/fire) if they are at the school site.

24 Creating a Safe Learning Environment EMERGENCY SIGNAL: Weather/Natural Disasters a.Tornado (watch/warning) b.Hurricane c.Tsunami d.Flood (watch/warning)

25 Creating a Safe Learning Environment Signal Review

26 Creating a Safe Learning Environment BELLS Bells can be used as an Emergency Alert Message (EAM), not an emergency signal.

27 Creating a Safe Learning Environment Knowledge Review - Signals EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

28 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A gas leak is discovered at the school. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

29 Creating a Safe Learning Environment Police Officers are executing a warrant across the street from the school during recess. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

30 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A staff member has a seizure in the front hallway. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

31 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A nearby train derailment has released a toxic chemical into the air. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

32 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A parent is threatening the front office staff with a firearm because she wants her child, but the school has received a non-custodial court order. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

33 Creating a Safe Learning Environment Students report a raccoon on the school property during the lunch period. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

34 Creating a Safe Learning Environment An explosive device is found in a classroom. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

35 Creating a Safe Learning Environment The earth starts shaking due to an earthquake. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

36 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A student has hung himself in the bathroom. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

37 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A former school employee is threatening the Principal with a handgun. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

38 Creating a Safe Learning Environment Your NOAA radio announces a Tornado Watch. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

39 Creating a Safe Learning Environment A student in your classroom has lost control and is throwing books and chairs. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

40 Creating a Safe Learning Environment You are outside with your students. A gunman is between you and the school. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

41 Creating a Safe Learning Environment The police activity in the neighborhood has been resolved. EMERGENCY SIGNALS – KNOWLEDGE REVIEW

42 Creating a Safe Learning Environment NEXT STEPS 1.Training, Training, and more Training 2.Identify a TTT for your building 3.Emergency drills are FUN! 4.Enhanced Plan and supplemental materials

43 Creating a Safe Learning Environment QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Stacey Newton Strategic Partnership Schools Group 1312 N. Fairfax Los Angeles, CA


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