New Hanover County Schools Managing Crisis Events

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New Hanover County Schools Managing Crisis Events

  1. 1. New Hanover County Schools Managing Crisis Events Mitigation/ Prevention Preparation Response Recovery
  2. 2. What Parents Need to Know if an Emergency Occurs <ul><li>Emergency planning in the New Hanover County School </li></ul><ul><li>District is based upon the concepts of prevention or </li></ul><ul><li>mitigation of emergencies, emergency preparedness , </li></ul><ul><li>emergency response , and recovery and return to </li></ul><ul><li>learning. </li></ul><ul><li>In responding to an emergency, our staff will be </li></ul><ul><li>organized according to the nationally recognized </li></ul><ul><li>incident command system in order to facilitate a </li></ul><ul><li>unified approach with local, state and national </li></ul><ul><li>authorities, if needed. </li></ul><ul><li>During an actual emergency, staff have been trained to </li></ul><ul><li>implement one or more universal emergency </li></ul><ul><li>procedures. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Parents Need to Know About Emergencies at School?
  4. 4. Actions the schools will take if an emergency strikes at your child’s school: <ul><li>Remember, our first and foremost priority is to protect your child . We have planned for and trained for emergencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Our emergency plans are predicated upon universal </li></ul><ul><li>emergency procedures and will result in either a decision to shelter at the school or evacuate to a safer location. </li></ul><ul><li>We will never dismiss unaccompanied students into </li></ul><ul><li>an unsafe situation or into an emergency situation, even if the situation extends beyond the school day. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Actions the school will take if an emergency strikes at your child’s school: <ul><li>1 . Sheltering : If the building is safe, we will protect your child by doing one or more of the following, depending upon the nature and seriousness of the event: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Securing the perimeter by locking all </li></ul><ul><li>outside doors. </li></ul><ul><li>b. Proceeding to shelter locations if </li></ul><ul><li>warranted. </li></ul><ul><li>c. Locking down the school, with all students </li></ul><ul><li>and staff behind closed and locked doors, if </li></ul><ul><li>the situation warrants. </li></ul><ul><li>d. The school will not open doors for anyone </li></ul><ul><li>except public safety officials during a </li></ul><ul><li>lockdown or shelter-in- place. </li></ul><ul><li>e. The school will not attempt to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>to parents directly during an emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>f. Communications will flow to the news </li></ul><ul><li>media, the Alert Now System and the </li></ul><ul><li>Office of the Public Relations Director. </li></ul><ul><li>g. Schools will limit the student use of cell </li></ul><ul><li>phones. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Actions the schools will take if an emergency strikes at your child’s school: <ul><li>2. Evacuation : If the building is not safe, your child will be evacuated to a safe location. </li></ul><ul><li>a. The evacuation may be for a short period onto the </li></ul><ul><li>school grounds. </li></ul><ul><li>b. The evacuation may be to another location. While </li></ul><ul><li>possible evacuation locations have been </li></ul><ul><li>determined for each school, it may not be </li></ul><ul><li>possible to use these locations. The determination </li></ul><ul><li>of an evacuation site may be altered to suit the </li></ul><ul><li>particular situation. </li></ul><ul><li>c. Buses will be provided as needed to transport </li></ul><ul><li>students to evacuation locations. </li></ul><ul><li>d. The school will not attempt to communicate to </li></ul><ul><li>parents directly during an emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>e. Communications about evacuation and </li></ul><ul><li>reunification will flow to the District’s Alert Now </li></ul><ul><li>Notification System, the News Media and </li></ul><ul><li>other public sources via Director of Public </li></ul><ul><li>Relations. </li></ul><ul><li>f. Schools will limit the students use of cell phones. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Actions the schools will take before an emergency occurs: <ul><li>The schools, in cooperation with District Safety Office and </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendents Office and local public safety officials will </li></ul><ul><li>consistently plan for emergency situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Each school will conduct age-appropriate emergency drills </li></ul><ul><li>and training for students and will participate in drills and training offered by District Safety Office, local law enforcement and </li></ul><ul><li>other emergency responding agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>The District Safety Office will consistently monitor local and national conditions through law enforcement and the news media, and will keep schools informed of pertinent information. </li></ul><ul><li>Each school will have food and water available for every </li></ul><ul><li>student for a minimum of 24-48 hours. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Actions parents should take before an emergency occurs: <ul><li>Update the emergency contact information for your child </li></ul><ul><li>and make sure your child’s school has it on file. Be sure </li></ul><ul><li>to include any pertinent medical information. </li></ul><ul><li>If your child is on medication, be sure that your child’s </li></ul><ul><li>school has at least a 24-48 hour supply. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan for reuniting with your child, including </li></ul><ul><li>designating a place for your child to go if you or they are </li></ul><ul><li>unable to come home. </li></ul><ul><li>Have food, water, medicine and other supplies in your </li></ul><ul><li>home for at least 72 hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Protect valuable papers and documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to ready. gov for additional information. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Do not panic. School officials and public safety officials have planned for and prepared for emergencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not call the school. Doing so will hinder necessary communications between the school and public safety or district </li></ul><ul><li>safety and security officials. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not expect that the school will call you immediately if an emergency strikes. Our first priority is protecting students, staff </li></ul><ul><li>and visitors. Information will come through public sources or the news media. Communication from the school will come as soon as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not come to the school. Doing so will interfere with responding emergency authorities. You will be given instructions as to where and when you and your child will be reunited. </li></ul>Actions parents should take if an emergency strikes at or near your child’s school.
  10. 10. Actions parents should take if an emergency strikes at or near your child’s school. <ul><li>Do remember school officials and public safety officials have planned and prepared for emergencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Do listen carefully to local news media and the NHCS official web site for information about when and where you will be reunited with your child. </li></ul><ul><li>Do follow the instructions of local law enforcement and school officials about when and where to be reunited with your child. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not call your student’s cell phone . The use of a cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>could distract them or prevent them from hearing important, even </li></ul><ul><li>life-saving instructions! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Actions students should take before an emergency occurs: <ul><li>Make sure that you know where you will meet your </li></ul><ul><li>parents if they or you cannot come home for some reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you pay attention to what your teacher or principal is telling you during fire or other emergency drills. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Actions students should take if there is a national or local emergency that does not directly affect your school: <ul><li>Understand that the school has prepared for emergencies. </li></ul><ul><li>You should follow the instructions of your </li></ul><ul><li>teacher or principal. </li></ul><ul><li>You should try to focus on learning. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Actions students should take if there is a national or local emergency that does not directly affect your school: <ul><li>Don’t use cell phones during these times, </li></ul><ul><li>Using your cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>could distract you or prevent you from </li></ul><ul><li>hearing important, even life-saving instructions! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Actions students should take if an emergency strikes at or near your school. <ul><li>Follow the procedures </li></ul><ul><li>you learned in fire drills, tornado drills or other emergency drills. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions you hear from teachers, staff members or the public address system. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Remember Managing Crisis Events In Our Schools Is A Task For Every Body

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