Emergency Preparedness Blog

  • March Drill of the Month: FIRE DRILL

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 3/1/2020 12:05:00 AM

    Team Shoreline:

    We've done this drill many times, so "winning" this month should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

    1.  Principals (i.e. Incident Command) read the procedures for "Fire or Fire Alarm" in the SSD Emergency Preparedness Manual (page 60) and have your Staff read the "Fire or Fire Alarm Procedure" from their classroom Emergency Flip Chart.

    2.  Conduct a Fire Drill and complete the Drill Record Form:

    • Side 1 - Drill Conditions: participation, statistics, weather and problems encountered.
    • Side 2 - Drill Checklist: for evaluating Drill effectiveness.

    3.  Place your Drill Record Form in District Mail / or Scan & Email to me so I can record it in Rapid Responder.

    For extra emergency preparedness: Have a section of your Building use an alternate evacuation route to simulate a potential barrier to the Student Assembly Area.

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    Standardizing Drills means safer schools -- which leads to increased learning!

     

    Chuck Goodwin
    Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator 
    Shoreline School District
    18560 1st Ave NE 
    Shoreline, WA 98155 
    ph: 206.393.4237

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  • February Drill of the Month: LOCKOUT (outside classroom/building)

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 2/1/2020 12:05:00 AM

    Procedures for conducting a LOCKOUT drill are not posted on our website.  Instead, I will be emailing procedures to Principals, Office Managers, Building Emergency Preparedness Leads, School Security and to our Community Parners at the Shoreline Police Department and Lake Forest Park Police Department.

    Questions?  Please don't hesitate to ask!

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    Standardizing Drills means safer schools -- which leads to increased learning! 

    Chuck Goodwin

    Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator 
    Shoreline School District
    18560 1st Ave NE 
    Shoreline, WA 98155 
    ph: 206.393.4237

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  • January Drill of the Month: SHELTER-IN-PLACE

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 1/7/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Team Shoreline,

    Conducting a Shelter-In-Place Drill

    The question has come up on "How are we supposed to conduct a Shelter-In-Place Drill?” To begin with, refer to the SSD ‘Emergency Preparedness Manual’ (pages 75-76) and the ‘Emergency Flip Chart.’  But for those who want a simple answer, you'll find below 5 steps to conduct a Shelter-In-Place drill

    But before we look these 5 steps, let's remind ourselves of the twofold purpose of Shelter-In-Place:

    a)  Shelter‐in‐Place can be for a weather-related events (e.g. sudden snowstorm) where students need to remain at school beyond school hours. 

    b)  Shelter-in-Place also has the purpose of protecting students and staff from airborne chemical, radiological, or biological contaminants released into the environment.  In the later, “Shelter‐in‐Place” means to take immediate shelter where you are and isolate your inside air-environment from the outside air-environment.

    NOTE: For the purposes of January's Drill, we will only be sheltering for a weather-related event

     

    5 Steps to Conduct a Shelter-in-Place Drill

    1. Principal communicates following announcement:

    This is a drill only.  Shelter-in-Place.  Staff & Students go to your Shelter Room.”

    "Again, this is a drill only.  Shelter-in-Place.  Staff & Students go to your Shelter Room.”

          2.  Have Staff and Students quietly walk to (or remain in) the Shelter Room (classroom, gymnasium or cafeteria)

          3.  Take attendance and email attendance to Main Office

          4.  Principal communicates:

    “This concludes our Shelter-in-Place Drill.  If this were a real incident, we would wait for instructions from either the Superintendent's Office or from Police or Fire Personnel to inform us on what to do next.  Once again, this concludes our Shelter-in-Place Drill.”

           5. Complete the Drill Reporting Form and send it to me in District Mail / or Email it to me so I can record it in Rapid Responder.

    Questions??  Please don't hesitate to ask!
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    Standardizing Drills means safer schools -- which leads to increased learning!

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  • December Drill of the Month: Mapping System

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 12/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    At least one drill each year must make use of the school mapping system (Rapid Responder).  The intent of this drill is for principals and/or other administrators to access the mapping system to increase familiarity with the system and its' use in emergent situations.  Your Building has the following (4) four options for meeting the requirements of State law of accessing and integrating information stored in the school mapping system during the drill.

    Option #1
    If you and your Team simply view my "Rapid_Responder_Navigation" PowerPoint and successfully logon to Rapid Responder, that qualifies for the Mapping Drill requirement!

    Option #2
    Conduct an evacuation drill based on a gas-leak scenario and use the information in the Rapid Responder system to locate the gas shut-off valves.  Assign personnel to locate the valves and simulate shutting them down, while concurrently evacuating the school (building) to outside assembly area.

    Option #3
    Conduct a fire evacuation drill based on a fire in a specific area of the school building. Use the information in the Rapid Responder system to assess potential hazards in the vicinity of the fire (e.g., hazardous materials or gas lines), and respond appropriately.

    Option #4
    Conduct a regular LockDown drill for a hostile intruder (locking down in classrooms).  While students are in LockDown have Front Office Staff access Rapid Responder to view layout of school map and classrooms and "table top exercise" assisting First Responders planning to evacuate students to an offsite location for reunification.  This may include locating transportation loading zone(s), and how best to stage students for transportation as they are released from their classrooms.


    For any of the 4 options you choose for your Building, if you have any issues/questions that arise, including: "How do I access Rapid Responder Mapping System?" or "I lost my password" email Chuck Goodwin, Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, or call him at ext. 4237.

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  • November Drill of the Month: LOCKDOWN

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 11/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Procedures for conducting a LOCKDOWN drill are not posted on our website.  Instead, I will be emailing procedures to Principals, Building Emergency Preparedness Leads, Office Managers, School Security and to our Community Parners at the Shoreline Police Department and Lake Forest Park Police Department.V

    Also, I will include a short age-appropriate PowerPoint Presentation on LOCKDOWNS for:

    • Elementary grade-levels
    • Middle and High School grade-levels

    Questions?  Please don't hesitate to ask!

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    Standardizing Drills means safer schools -- which leads to increased learning!

    Chuck Goodwin

    Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Shoreline School District
    18560 1st Ave NE
    Shoreline, WA 98155
    ph: 206.393.4237

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  • October Drill of the Month: EARTHQUAKE

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 10/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Team Shoreline,

    With October being the month for the Great Washington Shakeout getting your Building to conduct an Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17am just got easier!

    Earthquake DRILL:

    At 10:17am on Thursday, October 17 make an all school announcement:

    "At this time we are conducting an Earthquake Drill.

    I repeat, this is an Earthquake Drill.

    Drop, Cover and Hold and follow your teacher's further instructions."


    1. Have students do the following:

    a. Drop under a desk with backside facing any windows or glass.

    b. With one hand holding the desk leg.

    c. The other hand covering the back of their neck.


    2. Next, have teacher give the following instructions to students:

    "If this were a real earthquake, we would remain in our "Drop, Cover and Hold" position for 5-6 minutes

    while waiting for any aftershocks.  Next, we would then wait for instructions from the Front Office.  We

    would be told to remain in our classroom or evacuate."


    NOTE: Where students cannot drop under a desk (e.g. Gym Class):

    a. Have students drop to ground next to walls (backside to windows).

    b. Both hands covering the back of their neck.


    For additional information, check out the Great Washington Shakeout website for lots of resources at: Great Washington Shakeout


    Response During an ACTUAL Earthquake:

    • If outdoors get in an open area away from trees, power lines, etc.

    • If indoors DROP, COVER, AND HOLD onto something stable

    • Put backsides toward windows or glass, cover back of head & eyes

    • Wait for aftershocks (which may occur after 5-6 minutes)

    • Evacuation should NEVER be automatic

    • Wait for building condition to be examined by Custodial Staff

    • If building is unsafe, you will be told to evacuate

    • Refer to Evacuation page in the Emergency Flip Chart

     

    EVACUATION ISSUES (Should evacuation be necessary)

    • Your primary Evacuation Route may not be clear

    • Inspect exits to make sure debris is not hanging over exits

    • The lighting inside your building or room will probably be out - it may be DARK

    • Evacuate cautiously aftershocks can collapse a weakened structure

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  • September Drill of the Month: FIRE DRILL

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 9/4/2019 10:50:00 AM
    • Team Shoreline,
    • We've done Fire Drills many times.  But the first time we are using Google Docs for our Drill Reporting (see link below).  So "winning" this month is now as easy as 2-Steps!
    • 1.  Principals (i.e. Incident Command) read the procedures for "Fire or Fire Alarm" in the SSD Emergency Preparedness Manual (page 60) and have your Staff read the "Fire or Fire Alarm Procedure" from their classroom Emergency Flip Chart and review Classroom Evacuation Route on wall in their classroom.

      2.  Conduct a Fire Drill and go to the Google Docs link (see 9/4/19 email from me). Fill-in the 2019-20 SSD Drill Reporting Form and hit "SEND." The filled-out Form will automatically come back to me and I will record it in Rapid Responder.

      For extra emergency preparedness: Since this is the First month of the new school year, consider conducting 2 Fire Drills to better familiarize your new students and staff to your Building's evacuation route(s) and Student Assembly Area.

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    Standardizing Drills improve our Overall Effectiveness in Teaching Kids!

    Chuck Goodwin

    Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

    18560 1st Ave NE

    Shoreline, WA 98155

    Ph: 206.393.4237

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • June Drill of the Month: EARTHQUAKE

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 6/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Team Shoreline,

    With June leading to summer break, getting your Building to conduct an Earthquake Drill this month is a good way to remind students and staff we live in earthquake country and what to do in the event of an earthquake.

    Earthquake DRILL:

    Make the following announcement:

    "At this time we are conducting an Earthquake Drill.

    I repeat, this is an Earthquake Drill.

    Drop, Cover and Hold and follow your teacher's further instructions."


    1. Have students do the following:

    a. Drop under a desk with backside facing any windows or glass.

    b. With one hand holding the desk leg.

    c. The other hand covering the back of their neck.


    2. Next, have teacher give the following instructions to students:

    "If this were a real earthquake, we would remain in our "Drop, Cover and Hold" position for 5-6 minutes

    while waiting for any aftershocks.  Next, we would then wait for instructions from the Front Office.  We

    would be told to remain in our classroom or evacuate."


    NOTE: Where students cannot drop under a desk (e.g. Gym Class):

    a. Have students drop to ground next to walls (backside to windows).

    b. Both hands covering the back of their neck.


    For additional information, check out the Great Washington Shakeout website for lots of resources at: Great Washington Shakeout


    Response During an ACTUAL Earthquake:

    • If outdoors get in an open area away from trees, power lines, etc.

    • If indoors DROP, COVER, AND HOLD onto something stable

    • Put backsides toward windows or glass, cover back of head & eyes

    • Wait for aftershocks (which may occur after 5-6 minutes)

    • Evacuation should NEVER be automatic

    • Wait for building condition to be examined by Custodial Staff

    • If building is unsafe, you will be told to evacuate

    • Refer to Evacuation page in the Emergency Flip Chart

     

    EVACUATION ISSUES (Should evacuation be necessary)

    • Your primary Evacuation Route may not be clear

    • Inspect exits to make sure debris is not hanging over exits

    • The lighting inside your building or room will probably be out - it may be DARK

    • Evacuate cautiously aftershocks can collapse a weakened structure

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  • May Drill of the Month: MAPPING SYSTEM

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 5/8/2019 12:05:00 AM

    At least one drill each year must make use of the school mapping system (Rapid Responder).  The intent is principals and/or other administrators will access the mapping system to increase familiarity with the system and its' use in emergent situations.  For the purpose of meeting the requirements of the law, information stored in the school mapping system should be accessed and integrated during the drill.

    Option #1
    If you and your Team simply view my "Rapid_Responder_Navigation" PowerPoint and successfully logon to Rapid Responder, that qualifies for the Mapping Drill requirement!

    Option #2
    Conduct an evacuation drill based on a gas-leak scenario and use the information in the Rapid Responder system to locate the gas shut-off valves.  Assign personnel to locate the valves and simulate shutting them down, while concurrently evacuating the school (building) to outside assembly area.

    Option #3
    Conduct a fire evacuation drill based on a fire in a specific area of the school building. Use the information in the Rapid Responder system to assess potential hazards in the vicinity of the fire (e.g., hazardous materials or gas lines), and respond appropriately.

    Option #4
    Conduct a regular LockDown drill for a hostile intruder (locking down in classrooms).  While students are in LockDown have Front Office Staff access Rapid Responder to view layout of school map and classrooms and "table top exercise" assisting First Responders planning to evacuate students to an offsite location for reunification.  This may include locating transportation loading zone(s), and how best to stage students for transportation as they are released from their classrooms.


    For any of the 4 options you choose for your Building, if you have any issues/questions that arise, including: "How do I access Rapid Responder Mapping System?" or "I lost my password" email Chuck Goodwin, Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, or call him at ext. 4237.

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  • April Drill of the Month: LOCKOUT outside classroom/building

    Posted by Chuck Goodwin on 4/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Procedures for conducting a LOCKOUT drill are not posted on our website.  Instead, I will be emailing procedures to Principals, Office Managers, Building Emergency Preparedness Leads, School Security and to our Community Parners at the Shoreline Police Department and Lake Forest Park Police Department.

    Questions?  Please don't hesitate to ask!

    --
    Standardizing Drills means safer schools -- which leads to increased learning!

    Chuck Goodwin

    Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Shoreline School District
    18560 1st Ave NE
    Shoreline, WA 98155
    ph: 206.393.4237

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