School Emergency PreparednessPresentation Transcript
All Hazard School Emergency Planning _________________________ School Facilities Management Institute December 6, 2011
What is school safety?
Violent and disruptive incidents
School violence and student behavior
Not so obvious
Highways, rail lines, manufacturing facilities near schools
Science labs, pool chemicals, cleaning supplies = haz mat
Non-custodial parent issues
Nuclear power plants
Why do schools need to plan?
November 16, 1989
“ It made a boom sound, and everyone started to scream”
286 Route 17K Newburgh, NY http://www.recordonline.com/archive/2005/02/27/bmmk300.htm
“ Today at about 12:20pm, I was sitting in my office. I got up and walked into the front main lobby. I then walked into the cafeteria because some of the kids were getting excited because of the wind and the rain, and were standing up.
About 10 seconds later, the glass from the outside wall came flying into the room in sheets and went halfway across the cafeteria. I started toward the wall…to get the kids out…when the entire wall came down into the cafeteria onto the students.”
Harvey Gregory, Principal
Amy Innis, 8 Joanna Lichter, 7
Larae Litchhult, 8 Adam Soltis, 7
Peter Orsino, 8 Charles Scotto,7
Maria Stuhmer, 8 Jennifer Homan, 8
Mark Flanagan, 7
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (Project SAVE)
Project SAVE - July 24, 2000
Districtwide and Building-Level MULTIHAZARD Emergency Plans (155.17)
A multihazard approach:
what internal or external factors could potentially impact the school, its occupants, and the community.
Each chief school administrator of an educational agency shall provide written information, by October 1st of each school year, to all students and staff about emergency procedures.
A plan for the review and conduct of drills and exercises to test the emergency response plan, including the use of tabletop exercises, in coordination with emergency responders and preparedness officials
Questions to Consider
Do you know who the emergency manager is in your county?
Have you met with the county emergency manager – during “ peace time ”?
Questions to Consider
How do you communicate with the county emergency manager during an emergency or wide-spread disaster?
How do the county emergency managers communicate with you during an emergency or wide-spread disaster?
Questions to Consider
Have you invited the local law enforcement and fire officials to tour your building and review plans for responding to emergencies?
Have you trained and exercised with law enforcement and fire officials to prepare for an event in your school?
Key Points to Remember
CR 155.17(f): Use of school property
Each board of education and board of cooperative educational
services shall cooperate with appropriate State, county and
city agencies in developing agreements for the use of
school-owned facilities and vehicles during a disaster .
School districts and boards of cooperative educational
services are required to relinquish to the appropriate State
or county agencies the control and use of school
transportation vehicles and facilities in accordance with
county emergency preparedness plans or directives .
The Role of the District Superintendent
CR 155.17(g): Communication liaisons
Except in a school district in a city having a population
of more than one million inhabitants, each district
superintendent, during a local or State emergency, shall
act as the chief communication liaison for all
educational agencies within the supervisory district
territorial limits .
The superintendent of schools in the Cities of Buffalo,
Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers, during a local or State
emergency,shall act as the chief communication liaison for
all educational agencies located within the city district.
Engage : staff, students, transportation and food supervisors, school nurse, mental health, school board, local emergency responders, county emergency managers ….
Evaluate : what are the potential hazards in and around your school facility - a hazard analysis
Hazard: Something that is potentially dangerous or harmful, often the root cause of an unwanted outcome.
Human-Caused Hazard : A hazard that arises from deliberate, intentional human actions to threaten or harm the well-being of others. Examples include school violence, terrorist acts, or sabotage .
Natural Hazard: A hazard related to weather patterns and/or physical characteristics of an area. Often natural hazards occur repeatedly in the same geographical locations .
Technological Hazard: A hazard originating from technological or industrial accidents, infrastructure failures, or certain human activities . These hazards may cause loss of life or injury, property damage, social and economic disruption, or environmental degradation, and often come with little to no warning.
February 2009 – Clarence, NY Continental Connection Flight 3407 (Colgan Air)
Pine Plains man charged with kidnapping after holding school principal hostage
PINE PLAINS – Police have charged Chris Craft, 42, of Pine Plains with Kidnapping in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal trespass in the first degree after he took a shotgun into Stissing Mountain Middle School in Pine Plains on Tuesday morning and held the principal hostage.
Craft walked into the school around 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun hidden on him in pieces. He reassembled it in a bathroom and went looking for Principal Robert Hess. He found him and took him hostage until he was talked into surrendering by a police negotiator.