The new school year has started. The hallways are buzzing with the sound of students and teachers getting back into the groove of busy class schedules. As you watch students move from classroom to classroom, each period’s lesson carefully planned, you can’t help but feel a sense of organization in what could easily be chaos. Safety, both inside and outside the walls of a school building, also requires careful organization and planning.
Safety drills are necessary to emergency and disaster preparedness. As school is back in session, you likely have multiple drills scheduled throughout the year. Simulating a real crisis event is necessary to polish your emergency plans and procedures. Working through the process of an event will help you fine-tune the steps needed to remain safe before and during a crisis.
The most common emergency drills that are run during a school year are for fire evacuations and lockdowns. With recent mass-violence tragedies occurring worldwide, consider adding an active shooter drill to help your staff prepare for the unthinkable. There is no better way to refine your emergency plans than by putting them to the test. School districts across the United States are participating in police-directed active shooter drills. Involving your local police department allows not only school administration and staff to practice, but also emergency responders. An active shooter drill is a perfect demonstration of safety through teamwork.
The CrisisGo app can be used to notify faculty and staff of a building lockdown and as a communication tool during a drill or a real crisis. Administrators and teachers can follow emergency checklists steps in the app and use the roster feature to ensure that all students are accounted for.
For more information or assistance using CrisisGo to run drills with your students and staff, please reach out to our team at email@example.com or 314-669-9022