JIM SLIDE 12 th Largest School District in the United States Juxtaposition to smaller school districts NYC has 1600 schools and 1.2 million students
700 students relocated to 2 vacant schools Transportation issues for 700 students As a result all schools were mitigated with duct smoke detectors Complete rebuild in 14 months Site security during construction
Pentagon Attack Enormous impact upon school district Parents/students/staff losses Grievance counseling Only Metropolitan Washington school district to stay open Traffic issues made it difficult for parent pickup of students not bused/walking Future Contingency plans for major incidents in Washington and Traffic Concerns/Issues Anthrax Episode Responded to numerous hoaxes and threats Mail opening procedures/training Coordination with HAZMAT team for response issues Coordination with Health Department for Mass Prophylaxis (Ciproflaxin) Centers Start of preparation for Bio-terrorism plans
Greater Impact than 9/11 3 WEEK DURATION IMPACTED LARGE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA FROM BALTIMORE TO RICHMOND FROM URBAN TO SUBURBAN TO RURAL COMMUNITIES AFFECTED IMPACTED APPROXIMATELY 4-5 MILLION PEOPLE Regional Taskforce Multi-jurisdictional cooperation (police, schools, government) Daily Briefings with Leadership Team Contingency planning for possible school shooting (PGCO) Mass offsite evacuation and parent/student reunification Crisis Intervention/Counseling Teams Police Department cooperation Fire drill/evacuation contingency plans Cancellation of sporting events after school programs Daily searches of grounds of possible school sites likely targets
Provided central communication (24 hour) with County EOC Power outages to 180+ facilities Provided opportunity to gain a relationship with electric utilities Emergency generator issues Emergency generator issues at shelters Bus Evacuation of flood victims Mass sheltering of flood victims at 4 high/middle schools Pets at two schools Assisted with mass feeding Food spoilage losses Loss of potable water to 2/3 of the county Water distribution center for FEMA water to shelters and first responders Water distribution of bottled water to schools for opening Provided opportunity to gain a relationship with water utilities
One person cannot handle multiple complex tasks If needed, called upon. Or to address span of control or specific duty Maximum flexibility to meet unique operational needs
Control, coordination and direct resources through unified command structure—lead agency. Responsible for students/staff
Use of a Crisis Management Team One person can fulfill more than one role Scaleable
Exterior lockdown—neighborhood event—How do you implement and communicate? Interior lockdown—violent intruder—How do you implement and communicate? Codes vs plain language SIP—temporary outside atmospheric condition—close doors/windows, shutdown HVAC systems—utility cutoffs. Can you do, who does it? Remain in place—transportation infrastructure effected—Who orders? Onsite evac—staging areas, ingress/egress for public safety; be prepared to move off-site—think ahead! Off site—have at least one pre-determined site—contact info, capacities, MOU’s. We don’t publicize where it is until we know we’re going. Closure—who has authority to enact? Clarify authorities to enact each response prior to emergency! Bomb threat response as example
Its all about relationships in a crisis! Will assist when using a unified command structure!
INTER/INTRA-NET Information provided to staff and community Fact sheets Presentations Manuals Outside Links Can’t learn to dance the night of the ball!
Emergency Management Green River Educational Cooperative May 2, 2006